Des Moines Register – 5/7/20
LTE by Jerry Hageman, Waterloo
Washington, DC — Nonpartisan ethics watchdog American Oversight and the Lower Drug Prices Now coalition today filed four Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for information on the development of coronavirus vaccines and the agency’s plans for making vaccines available to the public.”
WASHINGTON — Today, the Lower Drug Prices Now coalition co-hosted a press call following Eli Lilly’s shareholder meeting and in advance of Gilead’s to demand that COVID treatments developed with taxpayer dollars be affordable and accessible to all.
“This is great news. But based on Gilead’s record, we’re deeply concerned that they’ll use their monopoly control to price-gouge patients and make this potentially life-saving treatment unaffordable and inaccessible. Remdesivir was developed using tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, and should be made available at no additional cost.
Maine Beacon – 4/30/2020
Barbara Lawson joined a national, virtual press conference with health care advocates and federal lawmakers from her home in Hollis on Wednesday, to demand any potential drugs to treat COVID-19 are affordably priced. She asked Congress to crack down on attempts from big pharmaceutical companies to profiteer off of these drugs.
Washington – Today, the Lower Drug Prices Now coalition co-hosted a telephone town hall to demand access to affordable COVID drugs for seniors and call on Big Pharma not to profiteer off of the coronavirus pandemic. Prescription drug costs have continued to skyrocket in the last decade, forcing many senior Americans to have to choose between medications they need to survive, and other everyday necessities.
The Progressive Pulse – 4/29/20
OPED by Margarida Jorge & Pat McCoy