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Letter to the Editor: The medications don’t work if my patients can’t afford them.

Delmarva Now
Letter to the Editor: Dr. Charles Stegman
October 30, 2018

As a family physician I write prescriptions every day for medications to help my patients stay healthy — yet more and more of my patients tell me they simply cannot afford their medications.

The medications don’t work if my patients can’t afford them.

We need a watchdog for patients in Maryland. That’s why I am thrilled more than 130 candidates for state office this November have endorsed a proposal by Maryland Citizens Health Initiative to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

This board would determine fair and affordable rates for the most expensive drugs.

I want to personally thank Sen. Jim Mathias, Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes and senate candidate Holly Wright for endorsing this necessary and lifesaving proposal.

We need leaders in Maryland who stand up and say patients should be protected from drug price-gouging.

Dr. Charles Stegman lives in Salisbury and practices family medicine in Princess Anne.