KPRC Houston: Some go outside U.S. for lower prescription prices

“In America, pharmaceutical manufacturers are granted government-approved monopolies, and then nothing is done about their price gouging,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas.

Congressman Lloyd Doggett, of San Antonio, wants to change that. He leads the Task Force on Prescription Drugs and recently sponsored the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act.

“I joined several of my colleagues in introducing legislation calling for the importation of pharmaceuticals,” Doggett said. “It’s one of the ways we might force a little competition to try and reduce these monopoly prices.”

Doggett said as it is now, buying prescription drugs from other countries is technically illegal, but he understands why so many Americans are doing it. He said he will continue pushing the issue any time he has the chance, in order to keep the issue top of mind for other lawmakers.

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