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.

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Statement on Moderna executives selling stock since pursuing COVID vaccine

Today, the Washington Post reported that top Moderna executives have sold more than $200 million worth of stock since they announced they were pursuing a COVID vaccine in January.

Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now:

“This news serves as a reminder that as the White House continues to hand over billions in taxpayer dollars for a coronavirus vaccine without a guarantee of affordability,

Statement on Gilead charging $3,120 for COVID treatment Remdesivir

Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now:

“It’s become clear that the only way we’re going to get COVID under control is through a safe, affordable and accessible vaccine. Yet, despite massive taxpayer investments into the development of remdesivir, and guarantees by the company that it will make the drug affordable, Gilead has decided to once again gouge patients.

“Gilead and other Big Pharma corporations have a pattern of donating medicines or promising affordability for positive PR,

Margarida Jorge, national campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, applauded the new bills:

Monday, June 22, 2020

“Congress must block Big Pharma’s monopoly control to set prices for medicines developed with taxpayer dollars, especially during a pandemic that’s taken the lives of over 120,000 Americans to date. The time to end Big Pharma business as usual and pass long overdue reforms that increase transparency, accountability and affordability for patients is now. Without an affordable vaccine and treatments, there’s no way to beat COVID 19. Unless Congress intervenes,

Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, on the Trump administration’s pledge to make future covid-19 vaccine free for “vulnerable” Americans:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

“A commitment to affordability that can’t be made on the record is just another hollow promise to the American people. Like so many things with this administration, this pledge is nothing more than empty rhetoric. As long as Big Pharma companies are given monopoly control to set drug prices, we have no reason to believe that they won’t gouge us for vaccines like they’ve done time and time again.

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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