Representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will meet with state and local officials, patient advocacy groups and community organizations for a series of public roundtable discussions in central and northern Minnesota to discuss the need to bring down the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.

Klobuchar's staff will have a roundtable discussion Tuesday, March 27, from 1-2 p.m. at Lakeview Hospital, 325 11th Ave., Two Harbors, in the large dining room. There will also be a discussion from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Essentia Health's Miller Dwan Building auditorium, 502 E. Second St., Duluth.

The events are free and open to the public. Residents are invited to join these discussions to share their stories about how high prescription drug prices have impacted their lives.

Earlier in March, Klobuchar and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget to support their bipartisan bills to boost competition and save taxpayer dollars in the pharmaceutical market.

Klobuchar's Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act of 2017, which has 33 cosponsors, would lift the ban that prohibits the government from directly negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies on behalf of the 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Klobuchar and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have introduced the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act, which would allow individuals to import a 90-day supply of safe, less expensive prescription drugs from an approved Canadian pharmacy.