Letters to the editor

Got an opinion or just want to point out something good or bad in our community? Send us a letter. Email to mplemmons@independenttribune.com or jstamey@independenttribune.com

I am father of three kids with one on the way. One of the most important aspects of our life as a family is healthcare. We have experienced a lot of medical hardships when it comes to our children and their well-being.

These experiences have given me a profound appreciation for the high-quality healthcare we have in this country. We all benefit from the research and development that has found so many ground-breaking treatments and cures to so many different diseases and conditions.

 This is why I want to thank Senator Thom Tillis for introducing the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act. This measure would eliminate abuses currently allowed in the patent system driving up the costs for prescription drug manufacturers when their patents are challenged and making it more difficult to fund important research and development. 

 Our family knows first-hand the importance of this research and we hope Congress follows the lead of Senator Tillis and passes the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act. 


Daniel Southerland


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