This week, a panel of experts at Becker’s Healthcare named Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill as one of 100 great leaders in health care. Becker’s Healthcare serves as a leading source of hospital and health system news for industry leaders.
McCaskill was recognized for her dedication to protecting and improving health care over the course of her career. According to Becker’s Healthcare, McCaskill has been tirelessly dedicated “to investigating drastic increases in the price of drugs,” and launched one of nation’s first drug courts while serving as Jackson County prosecutor.
Earlier this year, McCaskill released a report from her investigation into why pharmaceutical companies have been raising prices on consumers. After looking at overall price increases for the top 20 brand-name drugs most commonly prescribed for seniors, the report found that these drugs have been increasing at a rate of ten times the cost of inflation. McCaskill’s findings resulted in bipartisan legislation that would boost competition for generic drugs and lower the massive price increases of prescription drugs.
When asked recently about her fight to lower drug prices, McCaskill told Missourinet, “Prescription drugs aren’t a luxury item—for many, they’re lifesavers, and Missouri families shouldn’t have to choose between their prescriptions and their groceries. We’ve got to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and a fundamental way to do that is through generic competition.”