POLITICO Pulse – 7/14/20
HHS INSPECTOR GENERAL DISMISSES COMPLAINT AGAINST VACCINE ADVISER — The government watchdog rejected a claim brought by Public Citizen and Lower Drug Prices Now over the appointment of Moncef Slaoui to advise Operation Warp Speed. The groups had argued that Slaoui, who is serving as a private contractor, should be viewed as a political appointee, which would open him up to new disclosures and protections against conflict of interest.
Before being named to his Operation Warp Speed role, Slaoui was serving on the board of Moderna, the manufacturer of a leading vaccine candidate, and had other financial holdings flagged as conflicts by Public Citizen and Lower Drug Prices Now.
Bloomberg Government – 7/14/20
Groups pushing for Congress to restrict what drugmakers can charge for Covid-19 vaccines and medicines said Democrats should go further than only trying to make them free. “If Congress doesn’t take away monopoly control over prices,” companies will still be able to hike prices and charge Medicare, Medicaid and insurers “exorbitant prices that get shifted to the rest of us” through premiums and taxes, said Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now.
Yahoo News – 7/13/20
“There’s been little action in Congress on the one thing that actually could get things back to normal: ensuring an affordable COVID-19 vaccine that could curtail the spread of the disease. The first step is obviously the investment we’re already seeing to create the vaccine, but the second step is just as important: regulation and accountability to ensure that medicines we’re paying to develop are accessible to all.” — Margarida Jorge, Marketwatch
Des Moines Register – 7/6/20
LTE by Logun Buckley, Alliance for Retired Americans, Waterloo
WBUR – 6/30/20
“One campaign fighting for global access and a free vaccine, Free the Vaccine, represents 29 countries and two organizations, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Center for Artistic Activism. Another is Lower Drug Prices Now, a U.S. coalition of nearly 60 social justice organizations.”
Des Moines Register – 6/29/20
LTE by Helene Golden, Cedar Rapids
Front Page Live – 6/26/20
The COVID pandemic reminds us that we are all human, we can all get sick, and sometimes we all need prescription medications to feel better and take care of our families.
But for Big Pharma and all their friends in the Trump Administration, today’s crisis is just another chance to price gouge patients trying to stay healthy.
At Lower Drug Prices Now, we have uncovered the five big drug corporations addicted to price gouging and poised to profit off future COVID vaccines. While the Trump Administration is funneling them billions for research through secret contracts and special tax breaks, there is a growing army of people demanding that we hold Big Pharma accountable for inflating their profits at the expense of our health.