WABI – 5/28/20
Protestors took to their cars to rally in front of Senator Susan Collins’ offices around the state including in Bangor.
They’re calling for Senator Collins and Congress to stop what they call pharmaceutical profiteering.
FOX Bangor – 5/28/20
The Maine People’s Alliance rallied for affordable treatment and an affordable vaccine for COVID-19 at Sen. Susan Collins‘ three offices across the state Thursday, including in Bangor.
People rallying Thursday stayed in cars and circled a loop in front of the Federal Building downtown, honking their horns.
WGME – 5/28/20
Car protests at Senator Susan Collins’ offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland will be held Thursday.
Protesters are asking for Congress to give Americans widespread access to affordable coronavirus treatments and vaccines.
Maine Beacon – 5/28/20
Demanding that Congress take action to stop Big Pharma from profiteering off any potential COVID-19 treatment or vaccine, dozens of Mainers protested in cars outside Sen. Susan Collins’ offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, President Trump announced the White House had struck a deal with drug manufacturers to cap the price of insulin at $35 for diabetic Medicare enrollees. The Trump administration’s move, however, is nothing more than a political stunt designed to place a band-aid on a bullet wound. With more than 40 million people nationwide in need of affordable insulin, this proposal only does so for about 3 million Medicare-participating seniors.
WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of Merck & Co’s shareholder meeting, Lower Drug Prices Now joined with Merck shareholders, including Oxfam and the Oregon State Treasurer, to issue statements challenging the drug corporation’s record of price gouging and tax avoidance. Merck’s reliance on short-term schemes, such as using monopoly power to hike drug prices is particularly troubling since Merck is now developing a COVID vaccine with direct support from US taxpayers.
Minneapolis Star Tribune – 5/21/20
“Margarida Jorge, the campaign director of the pressure group, Lower Drug Prices Now, challenged the decision of U.S. authorities to hand over money for the vaccine development. Jorge said the U.S. Congress should insist that any drugs developed with taxpayer investments be provided at no additional cost.
“Beating COVID depends on ensuring these medicines will be affordable,” Jorge said in a statement. “Instead, the Trump Administration continues to give drug corporations monopoly control over prices to profiteer off the pandemic.”