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LDPN In the News 09.08.2020

‘This Is What It Has Come To’: Amid Fears of Politicization at FDA, Big Pharma Pledge to ‘Stand With Science’ Is Met With Skepticism

Common Dreams – 9/8/20 

“It is simply remarkable and beyond dangerous that President Trump has so politicized the vaccine process to the point that drug corporations—the least trusted industry in America—are now the messengers on vaccine safety,” said the public health advocacy group Lower Drug Prices Now. “It is the job of elected officials and government regulators, not corporations, to police safety for consumers. Yet, Donald Trump continues to prioritize his own narrow political goals over the needs of the American people, undermining public health and ignoring his responsibility as president.” 

Archive 09.06.2020

GUEST COLUMN: Rural residents depend on postal service

The Courier – 9/6/20

The mail has always been a lifeline for rural Americans to get access to health care. Last year, the postal service delivered over a billion prescriptions. Millions more now depend on the postal service for medicines because of coronavirus: There’s been a 21% increase since March in people getting medicines in the mail.

LDPN In the News 09.04.2020

Why Are Moderna Executives Selling Stock While Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine?

NPR – 9/4/20

“The insiders are making plenty of profit and they’re mostly doing it with our money,” said Margarida Jorge, a campaign director with the group Lower Drug Prices Now. “I’m absolutely for deploying public money in the interests of public health and the public good. But we don’t have any commitment from the administration that any of this investment is ultimately going to benefit real people.”

Press Release 09.02.2020

Statement on the US refusing to join the WHO’s global COVID vaccine efforts

“The only way to beat a global pandemic is to get it under control everywhere, and that means we need vaccines that are safe, affordable and accessible to everyone. Instead of listening to public health experts about how to respond to a global pandemic, President Trump has repeatedly put politics ahead of our health, resulting in over 180,000 deaths and an economy in shambles.”

Press Release 08.31.2020

Statement on vaccine trials cut short by political pressure

“Let’s be 100% clear on what is happening here: President Trump is putting his own political agenda and timeline ahead of science, reality and fact so he can create an ‘October Surprise’ and a vaccine before Election Day. Trump is not interested in the people’s health, he is only interested in the health of his re-election campaign. And in politicizing this process, he is putting public health at grave risk.”

Press Release 08.28.2020

Statement on President Trump’s White House speech

“The world that President Trump described last night, one in which he is a populist warrior taking on the big drug corporations on behalf of the American people, does not exist anywhere outside of Trump’s own head.”

Archive 08.26.2020

Letter to the Editor: Lifesaving Medicines are Out of Our Reach

TAP into Barnegat/Waretown – 8/26/20

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