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Whether it’s a sore throat, diabetes or asthma or cancer, we all deserve affordable prescription medicines to feel better when we’re sick. It’s time to stop drug corporations from putting their profits ahead of our families and our health. Together, we can end big Pharma’s price-gouging, and rewrite the rules so everyone can afford the medicines they need to care for themselves and their families.

Our Principles

No matter where people live, what they look like or what’s in their wallets, at some point everyone is going to get sick and need prescription medicines. Whether it’s a sore throat, high blood pressure or cancer, everyone needs affordable medicine to lead healthy lives.

But today, drug corporations and their powerful Pharma lobbyists are standing in the way of our health and economic security. By jacking up prices to boost profits, they are forcing people to make stark choices – like choosing between medicine and other necessities, or going without treatment, or going into debt or watching loved ones suffer without the drugs they need to get better.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can change the system to make sure everyone gets access to medicines they can afford. We are a coalition that has come together to fight for transformative, bold reforms through legislative, legal and executive actions at the state and federal level based on these four principles:

GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY

It is our government’s responsibility to guarantee that everyone in the United States, no matter where they live, what they look like or how much money they have, can afford the medicines they need to stay healthy and take care of their families. We oppose policies that put medicine out of reach for Americans or that deny or delay access to medicine for people in other countries.

AFFORDABLE ACCESS

Drug corporations and their lobbyists have rigged the rules of the pharmaceutical industry in order to drive up profits, putting medicines out of reach for millions of people. Their price gouging makes health and economic disparities even worse by putting the greatest pressure on the people who can least afford to bear the brunt of high prices. We must topple the barriers that systematically deny people access to medicines so that no one is left behind.

MAKING THE SYSTEM FAIR

We must curb drug corporations’ power to extract profits at the expense of people’s health by harnessing the government’s power to improve patients’ lives. This requires a range of concrete steps that re-write the rules to rein in drug corporations’ monopoly power to price gouge; that requires the drug industry to negotiate fair prices with government; and that holds corporations accountable for practices that directly and indirectly keep prices unjustifiably high.

PUTTING PUBLIC GOOD AHEAD OF CORPORATE PROFIT

We as taxpayers help foot the bill for a substantial amount of drug research, development and innovation, for drug purchasing through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration and for marketing, legal and patent protections for drug corporations. We must ensure government funding and incentives prioritize medical breakthroughs that most serve the public good rather than those that primarily extend monopolies and increase corporate profits. Everyone wants proven treatments and life-saving innovations, but prescription drugs are useless to people who can’t afford them. We must change the system to make sure everyone can benefit from our shared public investment in new drug research and development by ensuring that medicines are affordable and accessible to everyone.

Press

Press Releases 10.21.2020

New Poll: Latinos Want Action to Ensure COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines Are Affordable

Over Half Know Someone Diagnosed with COVID-19  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new survey of Latino registered voters in Arizona, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of UnidosUS Action Fund and Lower Drug Prices Now found that Latinos are very concerned about the cost of prescription drugs, and close to 90 percent say the government should “make prescription drugs that were developed using research funded by taxpayer money available at an affordable price.”

Press Releases 10.21.2020

Statement on the Trump Administration’s settlement with Purdue Pharma: 

“This settlement is a betrayal to the families of the more than 750,000 Americans who have lost their lives due to the opioid epidemic and countless others whose lives have been shattered by addiction. According to this settlement, not one of Purdue Pharma’s top executives has yet been held criminally liable for their role in the opioid epidemic. And thanks to Trump’s Justice Department, the Sacklers will still come out ahead, with the fine making up only a fraction of the profit one of the country’s richest families made from peddling poison to Americans in pain.

Press Releases 10.20.2020

In New Ads, Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Highlight What’s at Stake this Election: “My life is on the line”

Battleground digital ads urge Americans at risk of losing health care to vote this November

WASHINGTON — Today, ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett, Lower Drug Prices Now and Hero Action Fund launched a new ad campaign featuring real life stories from people about what’s at stake in this election when it comes to access to affordable health care.

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