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LDPN in the News 04.28.2021

The Independent: Study reveals Americans pay four times more for medicine compared to wealthy countries

A government study commissioned by Senator Bernie Sanders has revealed that Americans pay two to four times more on prescription medicine compared to other wealthy countries.

Analysis released by the Government Acountability Office (GAO) found that US consumers and insurers paid 2.82 times more than in Canada,

LDPN in the News 03.19.2021

Bloomberg Government: Democrats Pressed on Drug Pricing in Reconciliation

Democrats Pressed on Drug Pricing in Reconciliation: Lower Drug Prices Now—a customer advocacy group fighting high prescription drug prices—urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer in a letter to pass a stronger version of H.R. 3 “to make prescription drugs more affordable and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for price gouging and pandemic profiteering.” Read the letter here.

LDPN in the News 03.02.2021

Common Dreams: Experts Say J&J-Merck Deal—Though Welcome Step—Does Not Get to ‘Heart of the Matter’ on Vaccine Apartheid

In response to the Biden administration’s brokering of a deal wherein pharmaceutical giant Merck will utilize excess manufacturing capacity to produce the coronavirus vaccine of its longtime competitor, Johnson & Johnson, public health advocates said Tuesday that the partnership—though welcome—reveals how global vaccine supplies could be significantly increased if patent monopolies were dissolved and the technology controlled by Big Pharma shared worldwide.

LDPN in the News 02.10.2021

Market Watch Opinion: The COVID-19 vaccine gives America a chance to lead the world again — just keep Big Pharma out

By Margarida Jorge and Niko Lusiani

In his first weeks on the job, President Joe Biden has put forward numerous executive orders that show his administration’s commitment to returning the U.S. to a leadership role in the global response to COVID-19. This new approach reflects a clear lesson from the Trump administration’s failed example: We cannot succeed by going it alone.

LDPN in the News 02.04.2021

Sen. Warren, Rep. Schakowsky introduce bill to manufacture COVID-19 supplies – Homeland Preparedness News

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced legislation to publicly manufacture personal protective equipment, prescription drugs, and other medical supplies necessary to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pandemic Emergency Manufacturing Act of 2021 authorizes the federal government to manufacture medical products,

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.” 

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.”

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