Sad stories of Wisconsinites reeling from skyrocketing drug prices were heard at first task force meeting, WKOW reports.
In November, the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices was held in Madison. The group of lawmakers, state officials, doctors and pharmacists gathered to talk about the challenges of rising prescription drug prices in the Badger State.
Janet Fritsch, who owns Corner Drug Store in Baraboo, is a member of the task force and shared her concerns about rising drug prices with the rest of the group.
“You get some prescriptions that may cost $100 or $200, or even $300,” she said.
Some of her customers, she told WKOW, have been dealing with skyrocketing drug prices for things like insulin and blood thinners. She’s seen customers who have to choose between changing their doses or going without a potentially life-saving drug.
“An independent pharmacist is all about creating those relationships with your patients in your community,” Fritsch said. “…these are people that I’ve known for 20 years, or I know their family, I know their grandfathers or their grandchildren. And that’s hard to see them struggling with that and not knowing where to turn,” she said.