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Group Calls For Reform Amid Rises In Prescription Drug Costs

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New York's Democratic governor is facing calls for action as prescription drug costs rise. 

AARP is pushing across the country for reform , announcing Tuesday that its new analysis of federal survey data shows one in five New York adult residents stopped taking medication as prescribed largely because of rising cost.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said it's still working on the budget due next year. The governor said he'll do everything he can to reel in high drug cost.

The national advocacy group's New York organization supports a package of Albany legislation that, among other things, would allow the safe importation of prescription drugs at lower prices than New Yorkers now pay.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.