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AARP Unveils Giant Calculator Tallying High Prescription Drug Prices At Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented effort to raise awareness about the need for state solutions to cut drug prices now, AARP Illinois has created a giant calculator to tally the cost of prescription drugs used by Illinois residents. The calculator will be updated hourly with numbers provided by Illinois State Fairgoers, offering a startling window into how high these costs have become for average Illinoisans.

The calculator -- and its growing tally -- will travel throughout the state after the fair and ultimately be displayed before state and federal health policymakers during a national conference in Chicago Aug. 21.   


Press conference to unveil AARP giant calculator tallying the rising cost prescription drugs because of Rx greed. Hear from residents struggling to pay for their needed medication


Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

10:30 am


AARP Illinois Tent – Illinois State Fairgrounds

Brian Ramey Avenue


Lori Hendren, (217) 553-9156;

Vikki Ortiz (630) 915-3625;

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. Its 'Stop Rx Greed,' a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, the goal of AARP's sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Illinoisans and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level.


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