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Collins updates Belfast Rotary on prescription drug, biomedical research efforts

Aug 08, 2019
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, with Belfast Rotary President Duke Marston at the club's meeting Aug. 7.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins attended Belfast Rotary Club’s Aug. 7 meeting to discuss her efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and the importance of investing in biomedical research.

She also participated in a Q&A and met with club President Duke Marston. The meeting was attended by approximately 65 Belfast Rotary members.

“We are in a time when Washington seems to be consumed by partisan bickering," the Maine Republican said. "Those conditions exist, to be sure, but the message I want to convey to you today is that, despite the obstacles, we are making progress on many fronts.

"I have long maintained that the best way to break through the impasse that prevents progress is to focus on those things that matter to people in every congressional district and every state. Once we achieve success on issues that transcend ideology, we just might find that cooperation and compromise aren’t really all that hard.”

Collins told the Rotarians that bipartisan efforts underway in Congress to ensure that prescription medicine is affordable "are gaining momentum," and federal funding for biomedical research is another issue that has gained bipartisan support.

“Despite the divisiveness in Washington, Congress has demonstrated a willingness to come together at times," the senator said. "I continue to believe that we all desire an America that is vibrant, just and prosperous. Getting there will require working hard, respecting the courage and wisdom that lights our history, and sitting down together to work things out.”

A former member of the Bangor Rotary Club, Collins is an honorary Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.

Founded in 1925, Belfast Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization with 1.2 million members. Rotarians volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”


Belfast City Manager Joe Slocum greets Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, at a meeting of Belfast Rotary Aug. 7.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, with Rotarian Janet Weaver and her grandson, Sullivan Treat, at a Belfast Rotary meeting Aug. 7.
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Aug 08, 2019 11:22

Well, Eric, I knew that would be something we can agree on. I could not have said better.

Only two counties allow pharma advertising on TV and Radio the U.S. and New Zealand.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 08, 2019 10:29

There is also efforts afoot in Washington, DC to stop the pharma companies from the nauseating advertising on TV of their drugs with the stupid names that cost thousands of dollars a month. The Pharma companies spend over 7 billion dollars per year on this advertising that could be better spent on R & D. Selecting drugs for health issues should be between your doctor and you, the patient. Doctors don't need to hear from patients about this drug or that drug that they saw on TV to be prescribed. If these commercials continue, then the Pharma companies have to disclose what the out of pocket costs would be per month. One drug, Eliquis, stated a whopping figure of $ 3,398 per month or $ 113 per day at the end of their commercial. Not exactly chump change. Sen. Collins and King need to support this ban and if it doesn't happen, then support the cost disclosure.

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