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Dec 20, 2019   |  A bill sponsored by United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), The CREATES Act, passed Congress Thursday evening.

ABC FOX MT: Bill sponsored by Tester to lower drug prices passes with bipartisan support

A bill sponsored by United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), The CREATES Act, passed Congress Thursday evening.

By: Bradley Warren, ABC FOX Montana

Washington D.C.- A bill sponsored by United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), The CREATES Act, passed Congress Thursday evening.

The CREATES Act blocks pharmaceutical companies from developing generic versions of their brand name drugs, so they can raise prices without competition.

Montana AARP says 39% of Montana residents have stopped taking prescribed medication due to cost. The price of prescription drugs went up 8% in 2017.

This bill will also allow for cheaper alternatives to be developed and approved faster which will increase market competition and ultimately help to lower prices.

According to the Montana AARP, the average senior takes four prescription drugs and the average Medicare user makes $26,000 a year.

The bill passed with bipartisan support and it will be signed into law by President Trump in the coming weeks.

 

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Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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