WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement was issued by David Mitchell, a cancer patient and founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now:

“We are encouraged by signs of progress in the Senate — Leader Schumer and Senator Manchin are reportedly in quiet negotiations on a reconciliation package that will include the drug price reforms already passed by the House of Representatives. Lowering drug prices is a top priority for voters, the reforms have overwhelming bipartisan support, and President Biden yesterday again called on Congress to send drug price legislation to his desk. All 50 Senate Democrats have indicated their support for the drug pricing package under consideration.

“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 the American people to lower drug prices. We need action. After spending time in their home states — where they will undoubtedly hear from constituents about unconscionably high drug costs — the Senate must return and advance these reforms. Patients across the country are depending on it.”