At some point, everyone will get sick and will need medicines and remedies to make us feel better or help our family members recover. Thanks to decades of taxpayer investment in research and innovation through the National Institutes of Health and research universities, many more new medicines and treatments have been developed to address a growing number of health needs. But medicines can’t work if no one can afford them.
Today, the drug corporations that control the production and flow of prescription medicines are failing families in the United States and around the world, putting their quality of life, economic security and health at risk in order to boost profits. These companies and their PhRMA lobbyists dramatically raise prices, forcing people to make stark choices between medicine and other basic necessities, to skip treatment, to go into debt for medicine or to watch loved ones suffer without the drugs they need to get better.
It doesn’t have to be this way. People from all walks of life–patients, parents, seniors, small business, medical professionals–are coming together locally and nationally to re-write the rules in Congress and finally hold drug corporations accountable for making medicines affordable for everyone who needs them. We’re pushing elected leaders to end the drug corporations’ monopoly control to set prices and keep them high, to require transparency for taxpayer investments in research and innovation of new medicines, and to stop the relentless price-gouging that has made Pharma the most profitable industry in the nation.
It’s time that we make democracy work for us by making sure our taxpayer dollars and our government serves public health and that the needs of patients are a higher priority than increasing the profits of big Pharma corporations. Together, we can do it and build a healthier future for everyone.