Patient Group Calls For Investigation Into AbbVie’s abusive Pay-for-Delay deals

April 19, 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patients For Affordable Drugs (P4AD) called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a pay-for-delay deal cut by the pharmaceutical giant AbbVie. In a letter to Congress and the Federal Trade Commission, the patient group asked the FTC to investigate whether AbbVie’s recent deal with Samsung Bioepis is anti-competitive and violates antitrust laws.

“AbbVie is using pay-for-delay deals to keep a cheaper generic off the market and patients are the victims," said David Mitchell, president and co-founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs. “We believe it is illegal and anti-competitive, and we are asking the FTC to step in and protect patients from AbbVie’s price hikes.”

Nationwide Patient Organization Endorses Ohio Bill to Lower Drug Prices

April 9, 2018 Press Releases

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Patients For Affordable Drugs (P4AD), a bipartisan national patient organization, endorsed HB 479, a bill to prohibit secretive contracts by drug corporation middlemen that keep Ohio patients in the dark about their prescription drug prices.

Patients For Affordable Drugs brought together Ohio residents Saturday in Columbus for a training focused on how to effectively organize, mobilize, and fight for lower drug prices.

Higher Taxes on Drugs Won’t Lower Drug Prices

April 4, 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patients For Affordable Drugs Executive Director, Ben Wakana, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s plans to introduce tariffs on key drug ingredients.

“For an administration that wants to lower drug prices, this would do the exact opposite. We are eager to read the comprehensive set of recommendations the administration promised to release in the next few weeks, but the tariffs announced yesterday would be a step in the wrong direction. It’s a tax that would raise prices on prescription drugs.”

Drug rebates for consumers — another Band-Aid on a systemic problem

March 28, 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patients For Affordable Drugs Executive Director, Ben Wakana, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Aetna plans to pass drug rebates to consumers:

“The recent changes announced by Aetna and United will offer some relief to about 10.5 million people — 3 percent of the U.S. population. These announcements are designed to protect secret and often anti-competitive practices of PBMs and insurers. Rebates fail to lower list drug prices which millions of Americans are forced to pay.

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