Meg Jackson-Drage is a 50-year-old living in Magna, Utah with her husband and family. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lives with neuropathic pain, both of which require costly medication.
Meg was most recently prescribed Pfizer’s blockbuster drug, Lyrica, to treat the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia. But when Meg found out it would cost her $550 out-of-pocket each month, even with a discount card, it meant only taking a third of the dose her doctor recommended.
Since becoming involved with Patients for Affordable Drugs, Meg has become a dedicated patient advocate. In her home state of Utah, Meg has testified in support of importing less expensive drugs from Canada. She has gone live on Facebook with local news outlets to share her story and advocate for lower prices. And she shared her story and experience with high drug prices in order to push for legislation that benefits others facing similar hardship.
Meg is always ready to advocate at a minute’s notice, making her a true drug pricing hero.
Over the last few months, P4AD has honored FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, multiple sclerosis patient Victoria Stuessel, the former Administrator of CMS Andy Slavitt, metastatic breast cancer patient and advocate Becky Hall, Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela, T1International founder Elizabeth Rowley, Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum, dry eye patient and advocate Ann Neilson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Crohn’s patient and advocate Leah Clark. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ohio multiple myeloma patient and advocate Bob Fowler.
Patients For Affordable Drugs’ Price Fighting Heroes is a series highlighting advocates in the fight to lower prescription drug prices. We will honor patients, private sector leaders, policy makers, and elected officials who are advocating for patients and fighting for lower drug prices. In doing so, we hope to encourage others to join the fight and continue their good work. We plan to feature our heroes on our social media accounts and blog, lift up their stories in the media and honor them at an event in 2019. If you have someone you want to nominate as a hero, you can do so here.