Welcome to the Week In Review.
1. Fight for Equity
- Civil rights leaders across the country are ramping up their efforts to fight for equity and affordability when it comes to drug pricing in the United States. The NAACP has called for state prescription drug affordability boards to establish fair drug prices as well as efforts to establish national review of drug prices. Drug pricing, and access to health care, is a civil rights issue — we must lower prices to achieve health equity. — (The Times Weekly)
2. Patents Enabling Profiteering
- Truvada, an HIV-prevention drug and a poster child for pharmaceutical patent abuse, was developed largely using public funding over 15 years ago. But while generic competition in other countries has driven down the price to as little as $210 per month, Gilead cut a deal allowing only one company to produce a generic version of the drug in the United States. As a result, both the brand-name and generic versions cost American patients over $1,400 per month. The drug patent system is in need of serious reform to make it work for patients — not Big Pharma. — (NBC)
3. Show Us the Receipts
- Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a coalition of over 300 investor organizations, filed shareholder proposals calling on six drug companies to price their COVID-19 drugs and vaccines affordably and transparently. Taxpayers have funneled billions of dollars to develop drugs and treatments. We’d like to see the receipts. — (Barron’s)