WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement was issued today by David Mitchell, a cancer patient and founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now, commenting on President Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight, President Biden reaffirmed his strong support for legislation to lower drug prices through Medicare negotiation. Now, Congress should move quickly to pass H.R. 3 and incorporate it into the American Families Plan to — as the president said — ‘lower prescription drug costs for everyone.’

“The president’s remarks were a call to arms for millions of patients who are struggling under the burden of high drug prices to support congressional leaders to get the bill passed. It is time to stand strong against an industry that says it will be ‘rolling the tanks … to push back against policy proposals adverse to the industry’s interests.’ Congress needs our backing to restore balance so Americans get the innovation we need at prices we can afford. As the president said, ‘Let’s do it now.’”