Prescription Justice has graded all members of Congress in a drug prices report card. Some people are dismayed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi received an F. After all, didn’t she roll-out and shepherd H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, through the House and vociferously called for its passage on the House floor, as read on the Speaker’s website. So, what happened to her grade? A lot of Rep. Pelosi’s F has to do with her role as Speaker and how it differs from all other legislators.
While the coronavirus pandemic is the most pernicious public health crisis of our time, for decades now the crisis of high drug prices is a ubiquitous feature of the American healthcare landscape. Young adults dying because they can’t afford insulin; people burdened with battling cancer facing bankruptcy due to the price of cancer drugs; patients going to the emergency rooms because they did not take heart medications due to cost; parents faced with the decision of whether or not they can afford a new Epipen, as their old one faces expiration, and the list goes on and on. We are outraged by the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, but we cannot vote in and out of office their CEOs and other executives. But we can do just that when it comes to Congress. To help, Prescription Justice has created the Drug Prices Congressional Report Card in which we have graded all members of the U.S. Congress, House and Senate, on their action or inaction on drug prices.
Today, Prescription Justice announced that it has published a Congressional report card on drug prices. This first of its kind Congressional report card on drug prices can help voters and political organizations determine who they want to support in upcoming elections.
Earlier this week, Prescription Justice founder Gabriel Levitt published an article in The Nation entitled, “Is the FDA Misleading Congress About the Safety of Imported Medicines?”. While we advocate for policies and legislative reforms to bring down drug prices here in the U.S., the article highlights the fact that personal prescription drug importation is already a lifeline for millions of Americans who can’t afford their medications here.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was awarded a 5-Star rating from Prescription Justice for her full support of the Prescription Justice Policy Platform. These are commonsense and necessary policies to lower drug prices here at home and expand access to lower cost medication from pharmacies in other countries.