Maureen Iten

Shoreview, Minnesota

Since I had a benign brain tumor removed in 2012, I’ve had to take medications to prevent seizures. For years now, I’ve bought my brand name drugs from Canada simply because it’s much more affordable than getting them in the United States. I’m grateful that another country can help me with these medications that I have to take for the rest of my life, but it’s just too bad that I have to play this game.

Though I have benefited from Canadian drug prices, this might not be a permanent solution. It’s ridiculous that the United States subjects its own citizens to such high drug prices, and it’s even more infuriating that politicians take money from Big Pharma and have family members that sit on their executive boards. They’ve shown that they simply don’t care.

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