July 23, 2019 News, Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY: Patients Implore Congress to Stand Up To Big Pharma

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, July 26, patients will testify before Congress on the destructive financial impact of rising prescription drug prices. The hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform called “The Patient Perspective: The Devastating Impacts of Skyrocketing Drug Prices on American Families,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. on July 26. Watch a webcast of the event here.

WHAT: House Oversight Hearing: “The Patient Perspective: The Devastating Impacts of Skyrocketing Drug Prices on American Families”

WHEN: Friday, July 26 at 9:30 AM

WHERE: 2154 RHOB
Washington, D.C.

PATIENT TESTIMONY PREVIEW:

David Mitchell, a cancer patient and the founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs: “Our current system is not working. We pay 2-3 times what other countries pay for the exact same drugs. One big reason is that other countries negotiate. We should too.”

Ashley Krege, a Texan who took Humira: “To say this was a financial hardship would be an understatement. But after months of successful pain and symptom management on Humira, I was informed that the drug maker, AbbVie, raised the price. My new monthly payment was going to be almost $1,100 a month.”

Pam Holt, an Indiana grandmother who refinanced her home to afford her cancer medication: “I spent my life doing all the right things — contributing to my community, teaching in public schools, raising my children — it is unfair that despite my hard work and careful planning, I must face financial challenges because of cancer I have no control over.”

For interviews, contact juliana@p4adnow.org

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