Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell says television and radio ads critical of his proposal to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors contain a lot of wrong information. Boswell is pushing a bill that would allow pharmacists to purchase prescription drugs at the same discount as the government. In a news conference with reporters, Boswell says he knew when he got involved with the issue he would be a target.Boswell, a democrat, says many senior citizens in the United States are paying up to 100-percent more for drugs than what is paid in Mexico, and 72-percent more than what’s paid in Canada. He says Americans should get the same priced drugs as in the other countries.The Director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs also attacked the information in the ads as troubling and and full of lies.Judy Conlin says Boswell’s plan would help Iowa seniors tremendously.Boswell says pharmacists are not the problem, he says the major drug companies are the ones charging higher prices to older Americans. The ads are financed by the group “Citizens for Better Medicare.” Boswell says it’s a front group for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America Association.
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