Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), former chairman and current member of the Finance Committee, held a question-and-answer discussion with employees and community members at Sumpter Pharmacy in Adel. They discussed the bipartisan bills Grassley is leading to lower insulin costs, hold pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) accountable and establish more competition to lower prescription drug prices. Grassley is once again calling on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to hold votes on five bipartisan bills he is leading to bring down the cost of medication.
“Through bipartisan bills, hearings and investigations, I’ve successfully fought to help Iowans afford their medications – including by creating Medicare Part D, publishing an in-depth report exposing insulin pricing schemes and passing legislation like the Right Rebate Act and CREATES Act to lower costs. But there’s still work to do, and that’s why I’ve continued pushing for a full Senate vote on five of my bills that have already passed committee with bipartisan support. I appreciated having the opportunity to discuss these proposals in Adel today. I’ll keep working closely with local pharmacies to ensure Iowans in every part of the state are able to get the medications they need at an affordable price,” Grassley said.
“We appreciate the chance to share with Senator Grassley the serious challenges threatening the viability of local independent pharmacies all throughout Iowa and the U.S.,” said Leslie Herron, pharmacist and owner of Sumpter Pharmacy.