NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) - A field hearing over what's being called "out of control increases" to prescription drug prices took place in Newington on Friday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal conducted the hearing with state Sen. Matt Lesser and state Rep. Gary Turco.

They met at the Newington Senior Center at 11 a.m.

They cited a recent AARP poll in which 72 percent of people over the age of 50 are concerned about being able to afford the drugs they need for themselves and families.

Blumenthal said he introduced the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act, which aims to curb major drug companies’ anti-competitive use of patents to protect their prescription drugs and prevent generic drugs from coming to market.

He said the bill is designed to encourage competition, give patients greater access to prescription drugs, and lower costs without stifling innovation. One example is Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, whose manufacturer has filed a staggering 247 patents to prevent a low-cost generic equivalent.

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SunnyDay

What a waste of time, which will be Sen. Blumenthal's signature accomplishment when he finally retires. BTW - his health plan assures he will not be concerned about paying for his or his families medication...he isn't going to be on Obamacare, he made sure of it. Just another vote baiting chance to smile for the camera. Drug companies, let us not forget, spend billions of dollars, their own dollars, their shareholders dollars, to create drugs that will help people. That not only saves lives, but also drives the economy through high paying jobs, occupied by gifted graduates from high performing and expensive schools. Creating legislation that limits how a research company can recoup costs for creating drugs, which pays those high paying jobs, and fuels new research for new and/or better drugs, is not just a recipe for economic disaster, but a public health disaster as well......I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help......yeah, right!

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