Lower Drug Prices Now

No matter where you live, what you look like or what’s in your wallet, everyone gets sick. And all of us should have the medicine we need to lead healthy lives.

Press

Statement from Margarida Jorge, Campaign Director, Lower Drug Prices Now, in response to Axis Advisors’ data on higher drug prices in 2020.

“Big Pharma rang in the new year with a gift to itself: higher prices and bigger profits on over 200 prescription drugs. Drug corporations are congratulating themselves for keeping most hikes under 10 percent, but let’s be clear: for most hard working Americans, the household budget isn’t growing by 10, or even five percent this year. The upshot? Another year of higher co-pays and out-pocket costs, and another year of having to choose between taking on debt or paying for drugs we need.

Statement from Margarida Jorge on President Trump’s proposal to allow importation of some prescription drugs.

“President Trump’s proposal to import prescription drugs is a poor substitute for real reforms that would guarantee everyone affordable medicine and stop Big Pharma’s price gouging. Instead, Trump’s plan does nothing to fix our fundamentally flawed system. Drug corporations will continue to reap record profits and hike prices without any check on their power. Patients still won’t be able to get hundreds of widely used medicines. Taxpayers will continue to fund research and development, while pharmaceutical corporations will keep using those investment to boost profits at our expense.

Statement from Margarida Jorge, Campaign Director, Lower Drug Prices Now, on the passage of HR3 in the US House of Representatives:

Today’s bipartisan vote to pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Prices Now Act is a critical step in helping more patients get the prescription drugs they need to be healthy. For the first time ever, this law would give the government the power to negotiate lower drug prices for millions of seniors and people with disabilities covered by Medicare and people with private insurance coverage. H.R. 3 holds drug corporations accountable for price-gouging patients in order to inflate their profits,

High prescription costs are just one way the Big Pharma drug companies rip us off

Margarida Jorge and Frank Clemente

The newly passed House bill allowing Medicare negotiations on drug prices is a first step toward taming Big Pharma and broader corporate abuse.

Last week’s House vote to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices was overdue. Now it’s up to the Senate and President Donald Trump to take action.

Events

Over the last several months we’ve organized over 115 events in 42 states – all focused on sending a message to Big Pharma: Lifesaving drugs should be affordable.

That’s why people of all walks of life are coming together to remember all those who have lost their lives from rationing insulin and to call for bold reforms that hold Pharma accountable.

Join an upcoming event or sign up to learn more about our next day of action.

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.

Thank You for standing with us to put people before Pharma Profits!

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