***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 15 AT 3:00 PM ET // 2:00 PM CT***
PRESS CALL: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Protect Our Care to Call Out Big Pharma for Its Lies About Drug Pricing Reform
Call Will Convey Urgent Need To Stand Up To Big Pharma And Give Medicare the Power to Negotiate for Lower Drug Prices
Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, June 15 at 3:00 PM ET // 2:00 PM CT, U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Dr. Richard Frank of Harvard Medical School will join Protect Our Care for a virtual press conference to push back against Big Pharma’s boldest lies to patients about the cost of drug prices. As costs skyrocket, Big Pharma continues to tout lies about how efforts to bring down drug prices will harm research and innovation, all while lining their executives’ pockets and spending billions on stock buybacks.
The event is part of Week 2 of Lower Rx Summer, which is focusing on debunking Big Pharma’s most powerful scare tactics. Throughout the week, Protect Our Care will host events and release additional research to push back on Big Pharma’s biggest lies. Protect Our Care recently announced Lower Rx Summer as part of The Campaign to Reduce Drug Prices. Lower Rx Summer consists of themed weeks of action to demonstrate the urgent need for legislation to lower drug prices principally by giving Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices for all Americans.
In the coming months, President Biden and members of Congress have an unprecedented opportunity to finally take action to lower drug prices. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), bold legislation to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower prices — the single most effective measure to bring down drug costs for patients. In April, House Democrats reintroduced this legislation, giving Congress another opportunity to lower prescription drug prices and meet the demands of voters across the political spectrum.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Energy and Commerce Committee Member
Dr. Richard Frank, Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference to Call Out Big Pharma for Its Lies About Drug Pricing Reform
WHERE: Register for the Event Here
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15 at 3:00 PM ET // 2:00 PM CT