Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world and many people are forced to contend with the choice between filling a prescription or buying groceries. Older adults are disproportionally impacted by bloated prescription drug prices. According to John DiTomasso, Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP Rhode Island, the average older adult on Medicare’s Part D takes about 4.5 different drugs each month, and over two-thirds of this population have two or more concurrent chronic illnesses. And yet, they must often try to afford expensive medication on an average income of about $26,000 a year.
AARP of Rhode Island will host community discussions on the issue of skyrocketing pharmaceutical drug prices in the state. October 15th saw the first convening where participants engaged in conversation about the impact of prescription drug prices and what policy solutions are being proposed by our elected officials. AARP is planning three more conversations that are free and open for anyone to attend regardless of membership status and age.
The next one is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Jacky’s Galaxie at 1488 Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence and two will soon be announced in the East Bay and Aquidneck Island areas.
If you are interested in attending the event, please register for free by visiting the AARP event page or by calling 877-926-8300.
The Warwick Beacon covered the October 15th event HERE