Opinion Tucson: Sen. Sinema, Arizona Women Need Your Help | Local editorials and opinions

Senator Sinema has long been a staunch advocate for women’s rights and a fierce fighter for the right to health care – and now, more than ever, the women of Arizona need her help.

It is well known that the pharmaceutical industry has systematically and unfairly raised the price of prescription drugs to line their pockets.

Sadly, due to the gender disparities in health in the United States, this unfortunately means women are suffering the brunt of the prescription drug price crisis. Women, who are more likely to face conditions ranging from anxiety to cancer, are more likely to need a prescription drug than men – and more vulnerable to high drug prices.

Not only do women need more prescriptions than men, but the drugs they use are disproportionately expensive. Drugs used to treat breast cancer, fibromyalgia, and macular degeneration, all of which are more common in women than men, are three of the 12 most cost-effective prescription drugs on the market.

Women hoping to deal with some of the medical realities that men simply don’t face can expect prohibitive additional costs. Teva’s Prefest, used to treat symptoms associated with menopause, and Millicent’s Femring, a commonly used contraceptive, saw ridiculous price increases of 9.4% in January 2020 alone, nearly quadrupling the rate of inflation.

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