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Tell HHS to Lower Drug Costs by Disallowing GPO Kickbacks

Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking for comments on the Safe Harbor that allows Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO) to conduct business with kickbacks. GPOs are middlemen that control the hospital supply chain. Their excessive administrative fees drive up the cost of drugs and supplies in hospitals.

This change will eliminate the ability of GPOs to hide behind the Safe Harbor and will increase quality healthcare access and choice, increase competition and innovation, and most importantly, lower costs in the hospital supply chain, particularly for Medicare beneficiaries.

The federal government wants to hear from physicians and patients before February 15, 2022, and we ask that you act now to leave a comment.

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David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

ALL OUR Medical Drugs MUST BE MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES including EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES.
OUR Penicillin has been and is being manufactured in COMMUNIST CHINA since 2004. AND VAST MAJORITY OF DRUGS WE USE ARE MANUFACTURED IN COMMUNIST CHINA.
NO MORE MASK or ANYTHING ELSE from COMMUNIST CHINA IS THE ONLY WAY TO LOWER ALL MEDICAL COST ACROSS THE BOARD.
CREATING AMERICAN JOBS.
IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT SINCE THEY’RE TRYING TO PULL ANOTHER SCAM ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

ALL OUR Medical Drugs MUST BE MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES including EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES.
OUR Penicillin has been and is being manufactured in COMMUNIST CHINA since 2004. AND VAST MAJORITY OF DRUGS WE USE ARE MANUFACTURED IN COMMUNIST CHINA.
NO MORE MASK or ANYTHING ELSE from COMMUNIST CHINA IS THE ONLY WAY TO LOWER ALL MEDICAL COST ACROSS THE BOARD.
CREATING AMERICAN JOBS.
IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT SINCE THEY’RE TRYING TO PULL ANOTHER SCAM ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

James Shipman
James Shipman
2 years ago

The group purchasing organization should be eliminated completely!

Gail
Gail
2 years ago

All drugs must be manufactured in the US. We should never depend o another country for any part of our health care!!!
THIS MUST HAPPEN!!

Joyce
Joyce
2 years ago

Sounds like a great idea.

Paul Jackson
Paul Jackson
2 years ago

We must eliminate these unnecessary middlemen and their excessive profit margins.
Also I do agree with David Millikan comments.

P. Martin
P. Martin
2 years ago

Make changes so that GPO’s do not receive kickbacks so drug costs can be lowered. Thank you for your time and effort.

Scott Kosteretz
Scott Kosteretz
2 years ago

GPO’s were problematic from the first day enacted. The end result is lack of transparency and higher drug costs for the citizens of our nation. This costly, cumbersome and onerous system must be seriously addressed and eliminated now.

Don
Don
2 years ago

My wife has had to through separate surgeries. I was surprised to see a bill for one of her hospital stays for $181,000. That was for her surgery and 14 days in the hospital. My costs are over $2000.00. I would be happy for any reduction in hospital bills.

Gary
Gary
2 years ago

It is ironic that the corrupted federal government agencies would care what We The People think: We want as much as possible made in America, Canada, Mexico without originating in communist countries. Cut out the middleman. No Socialized Health Care.

Kim
Kim
2 years ago

Please eliminate the middle men! Our costs are ridiculously high!

Kat
Kat
2 years ago

Definitely eliminate the gouging done by “middle men” to any buyer.

Michael L Burnett
Michael L Burnett
2 years ago

Yes… get rid of GPO’s

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Absolutely cut out the middle man and put a cap on the price the thieving pharmaceutical companies charge. Create penalties for manufacturers that don’t follow new rules put in place.Nothing will happen to help the American people though because this administration would rather help illegals before united states citizens.

Irma Quinn
Irma Quinn
2 years ago

Yes drugs r too expensive, specially for senior citizens. Stop making money on us. Yet u give illegals everything free.

MT
MT
2 years ago

Will this affect GoodRX?

Simpson
Simpson
2 years ago

It is always about money. The pharmacy industry is as corrupt as the government

Dr. Lee Henderson
Dr. Lee Henderson
2 years ago

As a physician, I am not allowed to receive or give kickbacks. Why should these GPO’s be the exception? I would expect significant savings for everyone if this practice is stopped.

Lynette Bivens
Lynette Bivens
2 years ago

ABSOLUTELY I agree with getting rid of kickbacks for GPO’s. How does this kind of thing ever get started anyway? Total greed on certain people’s parts for sure! This makes zero sense to allow kickbacks of any kind!! Especially when it comes to ANYTHING having to do with government!!!!

Gene Pate
Gene Pate
2 years ago

Medicine quit using leaches a long time ago so why are these people and these practices still around?

Johnny Bad
Johnny Bad
2 years ago

Why not just move forward without any hesitation????

Denise
Denise
2 years ago

Kickbacks are defined as “illegal, bribery, unethical”….. Of course they should NOT be allowed. And “safe harbor” is for protection usually from liability not to increase one’s profitability.

Richard Minetti
Richard Minetti
2 years ago

They should indeed be disbanded so drug prices will go down! What kind if bullschiff is this!

Dennis Ratzlaff
Dennis Ratzlaff
2 years ago

Definitely need to get this done!! Drug prices are obnoxious.

George Parker
George Parker
2 years ago

This needs to be done. I am diabetic and cannot get the drugs that would work best for me because of cost.

Lewis Walker
Lewis Walker
2 years ago

It’s time to make Congress and Cabinet departments work to help the voters, not to enable middlemen to steal wealth.

Diane Hoenes
Diane Hoenes
2 years ago

Pharmaceutical Companies have Way Too Much Power.

Mass Production of prescription meds does not produce better health care, as the Human Body is not a prefabricated machine and one side does not fit all.

John Oliver
John Oliver
2 years ago

Stop GPO kickbacks. Raising money on the backs of those needing meds is another form of slavery.

Michael McCall
Michael McCall
2 years ago

Costs need to come down!

Shawna
Shawna
2 years ago

Put the power in the peoples control not these faceless organizations who only care about their bottom line

Katrina May
Katrina May
1 year ago

70 year old woman!!
Get rid of anything that raises the price of my medicine, doctors’ fees, medical equipment, etc.

Ed Scheu
Ed Scheu
1 year ago

As a 78 year old American , I would like to see our politicians devote more time, concern and effort on behalf of their fellow Americans rather then major cash contributors!

Craig Price PA
Craig Price PA
1 year ago

Organizations that supply medicines to large groups should not get kick-backs from the manufactures as they also receive a fee for the service they provide. All phases in the services they provide should made public to help keep these fair for the patients who need these essential products

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