In the first three months of the year, the pharmaceutical industry spent $92 million lobbying against efforts to protect people from their profiteering. It’s shameful. The fact is, prescription medicines and COVID vaccines can only work if people have affordable access to them. Clearly, that’s not the priority for Big Pharma players, who are more interested in protecting their monopoly patents than saving lives across the globe.
Today, the Biden Administration made clear that the United States will lead by example in the global fight against COVID. This fight can only be won by working together, not allowing the pharmaceutical corporations to dictate who gets access to COVID vaccines and when.
Action to lower drug prices is the last thing Big Pharma wants from lawmakers. Today’s hearing, which includes testimony from patients and healthcare advocates, represents a key step to enacting long-overdue reforms that would increase transparency, accountability and affordability for patients everywhere.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they’ve been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration.
But they still lack a clear path to enact legislation.
Advocates for vaccine equity on Monday responded to the news of Moderna’s pledge to make 500 million doses of its vaccine available to developing countries by calling for a truly global effort to end the coronavirus pandemic—rather than individual acts of charity by pharmaceutical companies.
WASHINGTON — President Biden told Congress Wednesday to let Medicare negotiate drug prices this year. But it’s an empty call to action.
“Let’s give Medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower prices for prescription drugs.
The Vermont senator urged Biden to include key drug-pricing reforms in his American Families Plan to stop Big Pharma from “ripping off the American people.”
A new government study commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that the U.S. pays two to four times more for prescription drugs than other rich countries,