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You can still get a real Coke from an old fashioned soda fountain in Kenova, West Virginia.

“Don’t ever forget: these people aren’t our customers. They’re our friends and neighbors.”

Ric Griffith lives by those words, passed onto him by his uncle, who ran the Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain and Pharmacy before he did. The next generation is waiting in the wings. 

The company has survived booms and busts, and the death of the American soda fountain. But now they’re up against the monopoly power of Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBM’s) that manipulate the price of pharmaceuticals to squeeze patients and put small pharmacies out of business.

“It’s truly predatory. There’s nothing I can do to be competitive. And it’s not what’s best for our patients.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can have a health care system that makes us healthy, not broke. 

But we need more common sense from people like Ric, who is running for the House of Delegates in the 19th District, and his family. Ric is one of more than 90 candidates running for office who promise not to take corporate cash, and never cross a picket line.

See some of our plans to address these issues here: