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Mercer Co. residents react to AARP drug affordability

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"Everything is expensive now a days," Mercer resident, Rosalyn Kweon said.

And that's how many of these residents at a senior center in Princeton feel when it comes to prescription drug affordability.

"I think pharma isn't really on our side," Mercer resident, Mr. Richard Moorefield said.

AARP recently surveyed 800 West Virginia voters to learn about their experiences with prescription medications. Here in Mercer County residents are for change when it comes to reducing the prices of prescription drugs.

"Prescription drugs are particularly too high, even when insurance covers them, insurance rates continues to go up," Mercer resident, Gene Pennington said.

"We are paying too much for our prescription drugs I will state that," Moorefield said.

But there is a silver lining, many say co-pays are getting less expensive.

"The co-pay has gone down on it. It use to be $3 each for each prescription now some prescriptions are $0," Kweon said.

"Our co-pay and things like that, i think it's in reason," Moorefield said.

The West Virginia legislature is currently considering bi-partisan bills in both chambers, aimed at bringing increased disclosure and accountability from the pharmaceutical industry.

"Legislators I think they're doing a good job," Pennington said.

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