WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patients For Affordable Drugs Now today launched new ads that will run in six frontline House districts thanking Reps. Colin Allred(TX-32), Angie Craig (MN-02), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Susan Wild (PA-07) for being champions in the fight for lower drug prices for Americans and for their votes to pass the Build Back Better Act. The ads feature a cancer patient named Jackie, whose cancer medication, Revlimid, is priced at over $20,000 every month.
“Millions of people like me are struggling. It’s time for our leaders to lead,” Jackie says in the ads.
The ads respond to the six representatives’ votes in favor of the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 19. These members of Congress have been leaders in pushing for meaningful drug price reforms, including Medicare negotiation to lower drug prices for their constituents. Following the release of the White House’s Build Back Better framework, which did not include drug price reform, these frontline Democrats signed a letter, led by Rep. Craig, calling for the inclusion of reforms as an essential element in the Build Back Better Act. Throughout the year, these representatives also pennedop-edshighlighting the importance of lowering drug prices for Americans, and some signed onto a letter, led by Rep. Wild, calling on President Biden to include drug pricing in the Build Back Better Act.
“On behalf of patients all across this country, we thank Reps. Allred, Craig, Kim, Pappas, Underwood, and Wild for fighting to ensure the inclusion of meaningful drug price reforms in the Build Back Better Act,” said David Mitchell, a patient with incurable blood cancer whose drugs carry a list price of more than $900,000 per year and founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now. “Their steadfast support for the drug price provisions in the Build Back Better Act was a key factor in House passage of the bill that finally allows Medicare to negotiate lower prices. Ninety percent of voters support Medicare negotiation, and the reforms in Build Back Better will help millions of Americans.”
The ads will run as the Senate moves to take up the Build Back Better Act in December. The Build Back Better Act 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 annual price increases to stop price gouging by drug corporations.
“Congresswoman Wild just voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, which for the first time lets Medicare negotiate lower drug prices for Pennsylvanians,” the ad running in Pennsylvania’s seventh district says. “She stood up to Big Pharma attacks and did the right thing for patients. Tell Representative Wild: Thank you for voting to lower drug prices for millions of Americans.”
Last week, Patients For Affordable Drugs Now announced a campaign highlighting Senator Manchin’s support for Medicare negotiation to lower drug prices for West Virginians and calling on the senator to get the job done by voting for the Build Back Better Act. The organization is also running a campaign, including this ad, in Arizona urging Senator Sinema to support drug price provisions in the Build Back Better Act. View all ads here.