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Published: February 2022

It’s time to stand up for patients and to stop Big Pharma from ripping us off

As the Senate considered the terms of a reconfigured reconciliation package, 91 organizations representing patients, consumers, seniors, unions, small businesses, large employers, and physicians and disease advocacy groups sent a letter to all 50 Senate Democrats urging them to take immediate action to advance a reconciliation package that includes the reforms to lower prescription drug prices in the Build Back Better Act (BBB). These drug pricing reforms are not controversial for the people of America; they are the most popular element of BBB. Over 80% of Americans support them—Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.

In a letter to Senate Democrats, nearly 100 advocacy groups urged legislators to stand up for patients over Big Pharma. Congress has a historic opportunity to finally negotiate and lower the price of prescription drugs in the United States. The drug price provisions under consideration will, for the first time, authorize Medicare to negotiate prices directly for some of the most expensive prescription medicines, including insulin; institute a hard cap on out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries and limit copays on insulin for millions of Americans to $35 each month; and limit annual price increases to stop price gouging by drug corporations. 

Lead Organization

Patients for Affordable Drugs Now

Other Organizations

AARP | AFL-CIO | AFSCME | Alliance for Retired Americans | American Academy of Neurology | American Federation of Teachers | American Medical Student Association | Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California | Be a Hero | Blue Shield of California | Centennial State Prosperity | Center for American Progress | Center for Medicare Advocacy | Center for Popular Democracy | Citizen Action of Wisconsin | Colorado Consumer Health Initiative | Communications Workers of America (CWA) | Community Catalyst | Consumer Action | COVID Survivors for Change | Doctors for America | Economic Alliance for Michigan | Families USA | Florida #insulin4all | Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value | Generation Patient | Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health | Health Access California | Health Action New Mexico | Health Care For All Massachusetts | Health Care Voices | Health Care Voter | Honest Arizona | Houston Business Coalition on Health | Indivisible | Initiative for Medicines, Access, & Knowledge (I-MAK) | Insulin For Life | International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers | International Brotherhood of Teamsters | International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) | Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action | Justice in Aging | Kentuckiana Health Collaborative | Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) | KS Business Group on Health | Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) | Little Lobbyists | Lower Drug Prices Now (LDPN) | Main Street Alliance | Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care | Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative | Massachusetts #insulin4all Chapter | Medicare Rights Center | Metro New York Health Care for All | Midwest Business Group on Health | MomsRising | Montana Association of Health Care Purchasers | National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions | National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare | National Education Association | National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Nevada Business Group on Health | New Jersey Citizen Action | North Carolina Business Group on Health | Our Revolution | Patients For Affordable Drugs Now | Pennsylvania Health Access Network | People's Action | Pittsburgh Business Group On Health | PrEP4All | Prescription Justice | Progressive Democrats of America | Protect Our Care | Public Citizen | Purchaser Business Group on Health | Rhode Island Business Group on Health | Salud y Fármacos | SEIU | Silicon Valley Employers Forum | Social Security Works | T1International | TakeAction Minnesota | Tennessee Health Care Campaign | The Alliance (WI, IL and IA) | UnidosUS Action Fund | UNITE HERE | United Mine Workers of America | United States of Care | Washington Health Alliance | WellOK - The Northeastern Oklahoma Business Coalition | West Health Institute

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Click here to read the coalition letter in full.

For more information, please visit Patients for Affordable Drugs Now.

 

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