AHF to President Obama: Less Talk, More Action on Drug Pricing

HHS Talk Fest Promises Little Action

NOV. 19th ALL DAY MEDIA AVAILABILITY

LOS ANGELES--()--In anticipation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) holding a November 20th forum in Washington, DC on the $500 billion pharmaceutical industry, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) President Michael Weinstein and AHF Chief of Public Affairs and General Counsel Tom Myers will be available all day on November 19th to discuss the jeopardy of skyrocketing specialty drug pricing on a domestic and international scale.

“Despite having eight years to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s insatiable greed for huge profits at the public’s expense, President Obama has not used the power of his office to negotiate drug prices on behalf of the federal government,” Weinstein contends. “Given this administration’s dismal track record on this issue, we don’t have a lot of confidence that much will come from this forum—other than a lot of backslapping and empty rhetoric.”

WHAT:    

MEDIA AVAILABILITY to discuss pharmaceutical industry drug pricing

 
WHEN: THURSDAY, November 19th

ALL DAY AVAILABILITY

 

CONTACTS:

Ged Kenslea, 323.308.1833 work, gedk@aidshealth.org

Christopher Johnson, 323.960.4846 work, christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org

 
WHO:

Michael Weinstein, AHF President

Tom Myers, AHF Chief of Public Affairs and General Counsel

 

Drug pricing advocates affiliated with AHF filed 550,000 registered California voter signatures with state election officials on November 2nd to qualify The California Drug Price Relief Act, a statewide ballot initiative that will revise California law to require state programs to pay no more for prescription medications than the prices negotiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The V.A. generally pays 20% to 24% less than any government program. The advocates intend to qualify the measure for the November 2016 presidential election ballot in California.

Advocates from AHF and ‘Ohioans for Fair Drug Prices’ have also been collecting voter signatures in Ohio for a similar drug pricing ballot measure since mid-August. State officials approved petition language in early August. Both the California and Ohio measures are expected to qualify for, and appear on the November 2016 presidential election ballots in their respective states.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 500,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

AHF
Ged Kenslea, +1 323-308-1833 (work) or +1 323-791-5526 (mobile)
Senior Director, Communications
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Christopher Johnson, +1 323-960-4846 (work) or +1 310-880-9913 (mobile)
Associate Director of Communications
christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org

Release Summary

AHF to President Obama: Less Talk, More Action on Drug Pricing

Contacts

AHF
Ged Kenslea, +1 323-308-1833 (work) or +1 323-791-5526 (mobile)
Senior Director, Communications
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Christopher Johnson, +1 323-960-4846 (work) or +1 310-880-9913 (mobile)
Associate Director of Communications
christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org