Danville man circulates prescription drug tax measure to fund drug database Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Nov 24, 2011 at 7:03 am
A Danville man whose two children were killed in a 2003 auto accident has been given the go-ahead to begin circulating a ballot measure that would tax prescription drugs sold in California. Revenue raised by the measure would support the state electronic prescription tracking database.
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Posted by George, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Nov 24, 2011 at 7:27 am
What happened was a tragedy... but raising taxes isn't the answer. If people choose to get impaired by drinking too much, smoking dope, or taking too many prescription pain killers, no new tax and data base is going to help. Sorry.
Posted by collins, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Nov 24, 2011 at 10:15 am
I have known people who go to several different Doctors at the same time for pain killers and sedative prescriptions. Drug abuse is a terrible thing. Kaiser does have such a database for their patients, but only if their prescriptions are all filled at one of their facilities. That said, if such a tax is passed, Big Pharma will pass the cost to the consumer. Many people already cannnot afford the medication they need.
There must be a solution to fund this database. I'm just not sure this is it.
Posted by Carolyn, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Nov 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm
I remember that tragic day vividly and feel horrible for Bob and Carmen Pack, but all the posts against this idea are correct. There are too many people on daily prescriptions for things like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. that would ultimately be paying for this idea. The drug companies would obviously pass this cost on to patients, many of whom already pay too much for the prescriptions they absolutely need to stay healthy.
I do not believe in any way that Bob Pack is trying to grab headlines with this idea. He is just a father who is still trying to cope with the loss of his children and make a difference so others never have to experience the loss he did, but this is not the way to do it.
Posted by Diane, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm
I agree that the CURES program is unique and really helpful, but like my neighbors I think an across the board tax on prescription drugs is not a fair way to go. I do thank the Pack family though, for trying so hard to make a change that will ultimately benefit others.
Julia, once again your position is insensitive. The Pack family has never wanted to grab headlines, and your advice to "move on" following the deaths of their two young children just demonstrates your complete lack of understanding and empathy. I can't imagine living with their experience, and I have a great appreciation for their efforts on behalf of other families.
Posted by Larry Geiger, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 28, 2011 at 9:54 am
As said many times above, it was a terrible tragedy. But speaking for someone soon to be in the 'donut hole" as it relates to prescription medication, a further cost on my necessary drugs would mean that I could NOT afford them, thus creating a tragedy for my family, should I not be able to take them. Please reconsider this proposal and understand its impact on seniors.
Posted by Get Informed, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2011 at 9:22 am
Before everyone jumps on the "no more taxes," "don't make prescriptions more expensive," or "privacy" bandwagons, we should all understand the legislation. The law would not tax ALL prescriptions--only Schedule 2-4 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. The idea seems to be to address those medications that have a higher likelihood of addiction or causing impairment. Additionally, HIPAA and all confidentiality and disclosure provisions of California Law cover the information and the database is protected by imposing civil or criminal penalties for any misuse or inappropriate accessing of patient data.
Julia-Your insensitivity and myopic view of the world are sadly all too common these days. Try informing yourself on issues before espousing your self-interested, narrow-minded opinions.
Posted by Carolyn, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:43 am
Get Informed -
Have you actually looked at what are considered Schedule 2-4 drugs? Apparently not as you want the parents of children who have ADHD to pay more along with cancer survivors who need to be able to manage their pain and many others who fall into these kinds of categories. Again, it is a BAD idea and needs to be squashed!!