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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

Offered by: Representatives Mullin of Rutland Town and Obuchowski of Rockingham

Whereas, in the United States, drug manufacturers are allowed to discriminate in drug pricing, and

Whereas, drug prices in the aggregate are higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world, and

Whereas, on average Americans pay about 30 percent more for prescription drugs than Canadians, and

Whereas, prescription drug spending is rising faster than any other health expenditure, and

Whereas, providing for affordable access to medically-necessary prescription drugs will lower health care costs, and

Whereas, pharmaceutical companies benefit from public tax dollars appropriated to the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies to pay for a substantial portion of all new prescription drug research, and

Whereas, pharmaceutical companies spend on average twice as much of their own sales revenues on advertising and marketing as they do on research and development, and

Whereas, Vermonters are demanding fair prices for prescription drugs as a matter of public health, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly calls upon our Congressional Delegation to immediately propose and seek passage of legislation that will require any pharmaceutical company which receives or benefits from any federal funding for pharmaceutical research and development to amortize all of the companyís research and development costs over the entire world market for prescription drugs, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly calls upon our Congressional Delegation to immediately propose and seek passage of legislation that will amend 42 U.S.C. Section 381 and other related statutes so as to allow for the free trade of prescription drugs between Canada and the United States, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly calls upon our Congressional Delegation to immediately propose and seek passage of legislation that will restrain the huge expenditures by pharmaceutical companies on advertising and marketing of their products, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermontís Congressional Delegation.

 

 

___________________________ Attested to:

Speaker of the House

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President of the Senate Donald G. Milne

Clerk, House of Representatives