Digital Ads And Texans Call On Senators Cornyn And Cruz To Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Curb Big Pharma Abusive Monopolies And Boost Lower Cost Generic Competition
TEXAS — Patients For Affordable Drugs Now (P4ADNow) launched new ads in Texas today as part of its “Push For Competition To Lower Drug Prices.” The campaign includes digital ads and grassroots advocacy, through which Texans thank Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz for fighting to lower drug prices by ensuring the passage of a package of bipartisan bills that crack down on the drug industry’s anti-competitive practices and promote generic and biosimilar competition.
“Now that the Senate is back from recess, Senators Cornyn and Cruz have a real opportunity to advance common sense solutions that will deliver relief to Texan patients through lower drug prices,” 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. “It’s time to curb drug companies’ abuse – through anti-competitive practices that extend monopolies beyond the time intended under law – and allow our system to work, with timely generic and biosimilar competition in the marketplace to lower prices. We urge Senators Cornyn and Cruz to act now.”
Below are examples of digital ads running in Texas:
The campaign also includes TV video ads running in Washington, D.C. that feature two Texas patients who are forced to struggle with the high prices of their prescription drugs and urgently call on the Senate to pass the bipartisan competition bill package. The first ad features Jacqueline Garibay, a college student and patient advocate who lives with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disorder that affects most of her major joints. The second adfeatures Lisa McRipley, a Richmond, Texas patient who lives with multiple sclerosis.
In addition to Texas, P4ADNow’s campaign includes digital ads and grassroots advocacy in nine additional states, thanking the following senators for fighting to lower drug prices by ensuring competition: Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rick Scott (FL), Chuck Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA), Mike Braun (IN), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Josh Hawley (MO), Kevin Cramer (ND), and Mike Lee (UT).
Over the summer, 35 organizations representing patients, consumers, seniors, churches, students, unions and disease advocacy groups sent a letter to the Senate to pass bipartisan patent and regulatory reforms that curb abuses and allow greater competition to lower drug prices. This campaign builds on this momentum by urging Senators Cornyn and Cruz to pass legislation to lower drug prices for patients.
Patients For Affordable Drugs Now is the only national patient advocacy organization that focuses exclusively on system-changing policies to lower drug prices. P4ADNow is independent, bipartisan and does not accept funding from any organizations that profit from the development or distribution of prescription drugs.