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Press Release 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 Release 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.

Press Release 10.16.2020

Statement on state Attorneys General urging changes to expected Purdue Pharma settlement

“Attorney General Bill Barr should take this opportunity to listen. Unlike Trump’s Justice Department, these state Attorneys General have witnessed first-hand the destruction caused by Purdue Pharma in their communities across this country. The Sackler family built a multi-million dollar business out of pushing addictive painkillers to Americans, reaping billions in profits while opioid addictions and overdoses killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated millions of families from coast to coast. Purdue Pharma is about as far from a ‘public benefit company’ as you can get. Yet the Trump administration will continue letting the corporation sell OxyContin on behalf of state and local governments, putting more lives and families at risk rather than holding Purdue accountable for the tremendous harm they have inflicted on countless communities.

Press Release 10.15.2020

Watchdog Groups FOIA Warp Speed Contracts With Advanced Technology International (ATI)

Reports indicate the federal government is using the defense contract management firm to circumvent oversight and transparency norms 

Washington, DC — A group of ethics watchdogs are calling for increased transparency on contracts between the federal government and defense management firm, Advanced Technology International, Inc (ATI), for funding to Operation Warp Speed drug corporations. The Trump Administration bypassed regular transparency rules by using ATI as an intermediary to funnel more than $6 billion to the pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, adding another layer of secrecy and bureaucracy to the vaccine program that has already faced numerous questions about conflicts of interest.

Press Release 10.13.2020

Statement on the news that Moderna’s top doctor gets $1,000,000 richer every week

Make no mistake: Moderna’s top executives have been profiteering from this pandemic from the beginning. And the Trump administration has helped by continuing to funnel taxpayer money to the drug corporations without any strings attached. Just like in July, Moderna executives and insiders continue shamelessly selling off inflated stock shares to make a profit in the middle of the worst public health crisis this country has seen in a lifetime.

Press Release 10.08.2020

Statement on Trump’s claims about Regeneron’s antibody cocktail

Here we go again. With no evidence yet about its safety or efficacy, President Trump is claiming that the treatment that he was administered at the hospital is a ‘cure’ for COVID.

As in the case with hydroxychloroquine earlier this year, Trump is once again promoting an experimental medicine without any regard for the consequences to patients. It’s hard to take Trump’s endorsement of Regeneron’s treatment seriously when he and his friends are poised to profit. After Trump praised the latest supposed COVID ‘cure’, the stocks of Regeneron, which is run by a golfing buddy, soared.

Press Release 10.06.2020

Statement on President Trump’s maskless update from the White House balcony

“Over 200,000 Americans are dead and more than 30 in Trump’s immediate orbit sickened because of a virus this President refuses to take seriously. Last night’s political stunt from the People’s House was yet another reminder that President Trump and his inner circle are only looking out for themselves, not the American people.

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