Washington, DC — Today, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) along with Senate Democrats introduced the Affordable Medications Act, which would hold the drug companies accountable and work to lower the price of prescription drugs for both patients and taxpayers. Leslie Dach, chair of Protect Our Care, issued the following statement in response:

“Senator Smith and her Democratic colleagues are leading the fight to lower drug prices and hold drug companies accountable with the introduction of the Affordable Medications Act. As drug prices continue to skyrocket and families cut their pills or go without their medications, Republicans gave big drug companies even more tax breaks. Meanwhile, Democrats are championing a plan that holds drug companies accountable and uses Medicare’s buying power to negotiate lower prices. Republican’s refuse to support the most powerful tool the government has to help people because they care more about the drug companies than everyday Americans. In a time when patients across the country are feeling the pain of high prescription drug costs and constant GOP sabotage, Senate Democrats are taking a meaningful step to lower prices for millions of Americans.”