Lawmakers, Advocates Push For Prescription Drug Affordability Board

Supporters say board would review prescription affordability and set limits on cost of medications

Lawmakers, advocates and concerned citizens spoke Monday at the State House in support of legislation that would create an Independent Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Supporters say the board would hold Big Pharma more accountable and institute more transparency around the cost of prescription drugs.

One young man fears the high costs of his drugs will leave him bankrupt. “My IV medications, which I’m currently on Remicade infusions, out of pocket without insurance would be around $7,000 for every single treatment,” said 23-year-old Jared Schechtel of Neptune. He’s one of nearly a half-million New Jerseyans who rely on prescription medications for their health.

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