First and foremost, thank you for all of your support and hard work these past few weeks helping us continue the push for drug pricing reforms. We have not slowed our roll here at Patients For Affordable Drugs Now, and neither have tireless advocates like you. We have called on you to send messages to Congress, submit letters to the editor of your local newspaper, and help us amplify what legislators in Washington need to hear: Americans need lower prescription drug prices now.

The good news is our work is paying off. Leader Schumer and Senator Manchin are reportedly negotiating a reconciliation package behind closed doors that will include the drug price reforms already passed by the House of Representatives last fall. All 50 Senate Democrats have indicated their support for that drug pricing package. For the first time in months, Senator Manchin is saying he believes they can reach a deal and get this done. That is progress, and it’s due in no small part to the hard work and outreach by patients like you. 

The reality is that with the legislative calendar growing shorter and the midterm elections fast approaching, time is running out for members of Congress to deliver on their promise to lower drug prices. We need the Senate to move with dispatch. This week, senators are in their home states, where they will undoubtedly hear from constituents like you about unconscionably high drug costs. When they return to D.C., they must take up the legislation and pass it.

That’s why we are continuing to push as hard as we can. The fight for Medicare negotiation has been going on for nearly two decades, and now we are so close to getting it done. Thousands of you stood up and shared your stories and called for action. Without you, we would not be on the threshold of historic reform. I am so grateful. 

We will keep you updated on what is happening and how you can help in the coming weeks. Patient voices have been the most important factor in this fight. Now, let’s keep working to win.

David Mitchell

Cancer Patient And Founder Of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now