Opinion: Innovation isn’t helpful if we can’t afford it

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In today’s CT Mirror, Jay Gironimi rebuts an opinion supporting the pharmaceutical industry and explains how extreme drug prices are hurting patients. Jay is supporting the Governor’s bill to tax excessive drug price increases years after the companies have recovered their research costs. Jay has Cystic Fibrosis and needs 10-12 medications daily so he can breathe and eat. The drugs cost $890/day. He now has coverage through his employer, but it wasn’t always that way. Even now, each January when his deductible resets, he has to pay $1,325 for his medications. Jay is grateful for the innovations drug companies, taxpayers, and charities have funded, but they aren’t any use if no one can afford them. Read more