The New York Daily News recently published the Op-Ed United we stand, at least on drug prices by Prescription Justice President, Gabriel Levitt. Mr. Levitt’s Op-Ed underscores the fact that while there is little consensus among voters from different political parties, there is one stark exception: prescription 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.
Elizabeth, who is from California, periodically gets migraine headaches. To treat them, she is prescribed brand name Relpax (elitriptan), but finds that the drug is too expensive in the U.S., so she chooses to import the same drug at a much lower price. Despite federal restrictions, most medicines that are imported for personal use reach the patient. But not always. In Elizabeth’s case, instead of receiving her medication, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) destroyed the medication after it was detained at an international mail facility (IMF). She gave Prescription Justice the green light to tell her story.
The Prescription Justice Board of Directors stands with AARP and Families USA in support of the administration’s Safe Importation Action Plan but strongly urges Congress and the administration to quickly enact more impactful reforms to address the nation’s prescription drug price crisis.
As a reminder, Prescription Justice brought 24 organizations together in support of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act.
Founder of Prescription Justice, Gabriel Levitt, submitted a public comment to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the role of personal importation and online access to safe and affordable medicine in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All is a joint initiative led by twelve global health and development organizations under the auspices of the WHO.