WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement was issued today by David Mitchell, a cancer patient and founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now, commenting on President Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress:
“Tonight, President Biden reaffirmed his strong support for legislation to lower drug prices through Medicare negotiation. Now, Congress should move quickly to pass H.R. 3 and incorporate it into the American Families Plan to — as the president said — ‘lower prescription drug costs for everyone.’
“The president’s remarks were a call to arms for millions of patients who are struggling under the burden of high drug prices to support congressional leaders to get the bill passed. It is time to stand strong against an industry that says it will be ‘rolling the tanks … to push back against policy proposals adverse to the industry’s interests.’ Congress needs our backing to restore balance so Americans get the innovation we need at prices we can afford. As the president said, ‘Let’s do it now.’”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patients For Affordable Drugs Now launched a new campaign today highlighting President Biden’s campaign promises to lower prescription drug prices and offering to work with the administration to get it done.
“Patients are depending on President Biden to deliver on his campaign promises to lower prescription drug prices,” said David Mitchell, a patient with incurable cancer and founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now. “The president has been unequivocal: He stated on Sept. 18, 2020 in Hermantown, MN, ‘I have a clear plan. I guarantee I’ll lower prices in America for drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.’”
The campaign launches today with a new ad running on TV and digital platforms, highlighting President Biden’s promise to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prices. The campaign will also include social media, patient mobilization, and other activities.
“Americans are struggling, paying almost four times what patients in other wealthy nations pay for the same drugs,” Mitchell continued. “We must curb the unilateral power of drug corporations to dictate prices and restore balance to ensure we get the innovation and affordability we need.”
The ad comes just a day after the House of Representatives reintroduced H.R. 3, a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate, prevent price gouging, and direct more money to the National Institutes of Health for critical research. Speaker Pelosi has called on the president to include H.R. 3 in his upcoming legislative proposals.
“The message from patients is clear — now is the time, Mr. President. We know you won’t let us down,” Mitchell said.
The full ad can be viewed here.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: Overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly, the American people think drug prices are too high.
SUPER: “Overwhelmingly, Overwhelmingly, the American people think drug prices are too high.”
VO: Mr. President, you’re right.
SUPER: Mr. President. You’re right.
VO: Americans pay almost four times what people around the world pay for the same prescriptions.
SUPER: Americans pay four times the price
VO: Too many patients have to skip doses to pay their bills.
SUPER: Patients have to skip doses
BIDEN: We’ll bring down drug prices by almost two-thirds
SUPER: Bring down drug prices
BIDEN: By taking steps such as allowing Medicare to negotiate.
SUPER: Allow Medicare to negotiate
VO: Mr. President, we know you care about patients and that you’ll keep your promise. Let’s get the job done.
SUPER: PATIENTS FOR AFFORDABLE DRUGS NOW
SUPER: Let’s Get The Job Done