WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patient advocates are calling on President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to talk about their plans to lower prescription drug prices during Tuesday night’s debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In the past two weeks, more than 1,000advocates have taken to social media to urge debate moderator Chris Wallace to ask the candidates about their plans to lower drug prices and provide relief to millions of Americans.
“Drug prices keep going up and voters want to know what the candidates propose to do about it,” said David Mitchell, a cancer patient and president of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now. “We hope Joe Biden and President Trump address the issue on Tuesday night.”
The actions are part of a grassroots campaign by Patients For Affordable Drugs Now designed to elevate patient stories and urge voters to support candidates who have plans to lower drug prices. The program includes video testimonials from patients in 14 key states sharing their experiences with high-priced prescription drugs. The campaign also features a website that highlights patient stories and serves as an action hub to give patients tools to demand 2020 candidates commit to plans to lower drug prices.
Drug pricing is a top issue for voters this year. According to Kaiser Family Foundation polling, 87 percent of Americans “say it is at least very important that Congress work on lowering prescription drug costs.”
Patients For Affordable Drugs Now is an independent, bipartisan patient organization focused on policies to lower drug prices. P4ADNow does not accept funding from any organizations that profit from the development or distribution of prescription drugs.