Efforts to stem rising prescription costs statewide met with support from Albany

Posted at 7:14 AM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 12:28:23-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cuomo administration officials say they support efforts by AARP to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs for New Yorkers.

More than 100 AARP volunteers from across the state rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday to support bills in the Legislature that address high drug costs.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke to the gathering, saying Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration will do everything they can "to reel in the exorbitant, unconscionable prices of prescription drugs." The AARP has launched a nationwide campaign aimed at getting pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices.

The national group's New York organization supports a package of Albany legislation that, among other things, would allow the safe importation of prescription drugs at lower prices than New Yorkers now pay.