WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement was issued by Merith Basey, executive director of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now, in response to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s vote to advance a package of bipartisan bills. This legislation would lower drug prices by promoting transparency, competition, and accountability and curbing anticompetitive behavior committed by pharmaceutical corporations and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs): 
“On behalf of patients across the U.S., we applaud Chairman Sanders, Ranking Member Cassidy, and the members of the Senate HELP Committee for passing bipartisan legislation to increase competition, incentivize innovation, require transparency, and crack down on opaque practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). This package of bills represents a significant step towards restoring accountability to the U.S. drug price system so that it prioritizes patients, rather than the bottom line of the pharma and PBM industries.
“We call on Senate Majority Leader Schumer to bring these bills to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. It’s high time we restore balance to our rigged drug price system – patients can’t wait!”