Sanders, Welch pushing bills to lower drug prices

WASHINGTON (WCAX) Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch are putting support behind three bills to lower drug prices.

The Prescription Drug Price Relief Act ties prices to those in other developed countries, so we aren't paying artificially inflated prices.

The Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act lets the U.S. government leverage the buying power of Medicare to get lower, bulk pricing.

And the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act lets Americans buy certain approved drugs from Canada.

Congressman Welch is optimisitc the bills will get through the House. He and Senator Sanders called on President Trump to rally Republican support too.

"We've got a new majority. We've got a President who claims he wants to do something about it. I think he does, but he's gotta step forward and he's got some willing partners right here on this stage to bring relief," Welch said.

"Today I say to President Trump, If you are serious about lowering prescription drug costs in this country, support our legislation and get your Republican colleagues on board," Sanders said.

In 2014, the U.S. spent about 40 percent more on prescriptions per person than Canada -- twice as much as the average major industrialized country, and more than three times as much as Denmark.