Prescription Justice, a 501c4 non-profit organization, brings together doctors, lawyers, public health advocates, and companies dedicated to lowering drug prices in the United States. We advocate on behalf of the millions of Americans who access affordable imported medications and stand against actions by the pharmaceutical industry that mislead and misinform the public.
Forty-five million Americans did not fill a prescription in 2016 due to cost. Millions often choose between food and medicine in the world’s richest country. Forgoing prescribed medication leads to sickness and death, and even larger healthcare costs from hospitalizations when patients stop taking their medications. Prescription Justice is dedicated to ending this crisis of high drug prices.
Ms. Dart has over thirteen years’ experience in non-profit association management. Most recently, she served as the Associate Executive Director for the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), an 8,000-member organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the public’s health. During her tenure, Ms. Dart was instrumental in developing IPHA’s social media platform, and its policy and governance process. She participated in numerous advocacy campaigns including the passage of the 2008 Smoke Free Illinois Act. In 2014, Ms. Dart was appointed as IPHA’s representative to the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) which serves as an advisory body to Illinois Government providing recommendations and guidance on homeland security laws, policies, protocol, and procedures.
Ms. Dart has always had a passion for working to promote health and well-being for underserved populations. She began her career as a Health Educator for the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, where she worked to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent disease and illness through tailored community education and awareness programs. From there, Ms. Dart developed experience in grassroots advocacy and coalition building as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco (ICAT). While at ICAT, she worked with several health advocates to reduce tobacco use, especially among youth. Ms. Dart also managed the Washington, DC office of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a network of local, regional, and national organizations representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of US nuclear weapons and radioactive waste dumps. During her tenure at ANA, she educated Members of Congress and Federal agency leaders on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear waste, and reprocessing issues. She also worked against the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository and the formation of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in the United States. Ms. Dart received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Health Services Administration degrees from the University of Illinois. She resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband Tom and daughter Gabriella.
A retired psychiatrist who resides near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Barrett has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. In 1984, he received an FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association. From 1987 through 1989, he taught health education at The Pennsylvania State University. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and received the 2001 Distinguished Service to Health Education Award from the American Association for Health Education.
Lindsay C. Brown Software Developer Lindsay Brown is a software developer and project manager who ran for the US House of Representatives in the 2018 Republican primary in New Jersey’s 7th district. Lindsay attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY for her bachelors in Psychology. She built her career from part-time administrative roles and climbed the ranks to lead digital projects and software development efforts at Townsquare Media, the New York Post, and experiential media agency Impact XM. Lindsay is a full-stack web developer with strong familiarity of the MERN stack, SQL databases, and AWS architecture.In partnership with Severna Labs, Lindsay developed a sales tool aimed at FDA Outsourcing Facilities (503B) to aid in more efficient R&D decisions to get drugs on shortage back on the market through alternative sources. Politically, Lindsay is passionate about rebuilding the Republican party to reflect its historical values of diversity and inclusion, individual responsibility to uphold the public good, and civil liberties by championing causes that are important to all Americans, such as prescription drug policy reform, and electing new and diverse voices to positions of authority.
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues. Dr. Cooperman is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and received his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University with a major in Medical Sciences and a minor in Economics. Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab.com is the leading independent evaluator of dietary supplements (vitamin, mineral, herbal, and non-herbal) and nutrition products. In 2002, Dr. Cooperman started PharmacyChecker.com when he saw that increasing numbers of Americans were looking on the Internet to save money on prescription medication but did not have adequate information to protect their health. Dr. Cooperman also founded CareData Reports, Inc., an evaluator of consumer satisfaction with managed care (now a division of J.D. Power and Associates). Dr. Cooperman is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Douglas Grover joined Schlam and Stone as a partner in 2014. Since leaving the Justice Department in 1990, he has focused on white-collar criminal matters and related civil litigation. He has represented and tried cases for businesses and individuals, including politicians, corporate officers, attorneys, doctors, accountants, securities analysts and traders, investment bankers, and government agents in all types of matters including campaign finance violations, government corruption (including bribery and foreign corrupt practices), environmental crimes, tax crimes, antitrust crimes, securities violations, insider trading, and all forms of fraud, including securities fraud, mail and telemarketing fraud, government procurement fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, and false statements to government officials and investigators. Click here for more on Mr. Grover’s experience.
In 2011, Mr. Graczyk founded RxRights, a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation. The Coalition seeks to inform and educate both the public and our elected officials on the complex issues surrounding prescription drug sales in the U.S. Lee was driven at first by the fundamental unfairness of U.S. drug pricing. In more recent years, Lee gained a more personal connection with this issue when his own health issues necessitated exorbitantly priced prescription drugs. Lee has a background in compliance and state government. For a number of years, he served as public policy director for the Minnesota Senior Federation. There he organized monthly bus trips to Canada to ensure that seniors could obtain prescription drugs at an affordable price. In 2004, Lee helped to establish a prescription drug importation program for the Minnesota Senior Federation. The program is now maintained by Mature Voices Minnesota, a nonprofit organization led by Lee that works for seniors’ rights. The successful program currently has 2,200 members who can order safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada at savings of 20-80 percent.
Colleen Kenny LaRocque is the owner of Col Rock LLC, an independent marketing and communications consultancy catering to corporations, nonprofits and individuals. Previously, Colleen spent 18 years in executive-level strategic communications roles at Fortune 100 companies. For over a decade, she was Vice President in charge of marketing and communications for CBS, America’s number one television network, and developed some of the world’s most well-known media brands. Colleen began her tenure at CBS as a financial speechwriter, responsible for earnings remarks, strategy presentations and Reg FD communications. Before joining CBS, Colleen led strategic planning and communications at the New York Life Insurance Company. Colleen has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame where she graduated with honors in 1997. She has a lifelong interest in how ideas spread and drive change.
Gabriel LevittPresident, PharmacyChecker.com Gabe is a co-founder of PharmacyChecker.com, which evaluates online pharmacies, compares prescription drug prices, and helps Americans find the lowest cost medication at local pharmacies. He is also a public advocate for prescription drug affordability in America, Internet freedom, and the United Nations. He has testified before Congress on issues relating to access to affordable medicines and Internet freedom, published an op-ed in the New York Times about online pharmacies and personal drug importation, and is the proud author of a chapter in an anthology calling Hacking Politics about defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Gabe is president emeritus of the United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter and sits on the Brooklyn County Democratic Committee. He is the recipient of the United Nations Association Molly Bruce Advocacy Award. He received his Masters in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Roger Williams University.
Richard Master Founder/CEO,MCS Industries, Inc; Executive Producer of “Big Pharma: Market Failure” and “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point Richard Master is the Founder and CEO of MCS Industries Inc., North America’s leading supplier of picture frames and decorative mirrors. He is the Executive Producer of two documentaries “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” and “Big Pharma: Market Failure”. Richard’s interest in healthcare is triggered by the annual, relentless cost increases his company and its employees have experienced since 2000. Initial research and investigation led to the formation of the “Unfinished Business Foundation” which led to the productions. Richard has an active interest in public policy with particular focus on finding practical, common sense solutions to problems that many characterize as too complex to tackle. Early in his career, he served as a trial lawyer, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, School of Law.