To the editor:

Millions of people are affected by the rising costs of prescription medication every day. It is wrong that hard-working families have to choose between taking medication and being able to eat a meal.

My aunt was born with chronic lung disease and is a cancer survivor who has taken a great deal of prescription drugs during her life. Some of them worked, many didn’t help at all, and some may have made things worse. 

Up until a couple of years ago, none of the medication she had taken helped her, until she found one that seemed to finally work. She was on that medication for about a year until the company that made the medication decided to change the patent by one little degree.

By changing the patent, the cost of the medication skyrocketed from $30 a month to $400 a month. She can no longer afford to take the only drug that helped her. 

It is wrong what Big Pharma has done to hardworking people who rely on life-saving medication. The health of our loved ones affects the whole family. The greed must stop.

Sen. Susan Collins, your home state did their job in passing comprehensive prescription drug packages. We hope you can bring the momentum back to Washington, D.C., with you.

Harrison Quidort

Portland, Maine

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