- Published: Friday, 01 April 2016 19:23
Press Statement For Immediate Release
Friday, April 1, 2016
Global Action Against Pharma Greed
We are not fooled: Global health activists confront pharmaceutical industry over excessive medicine prices
On 1st April 2016, activists across the world are protesting against the greed that blocks access to essential medicines.
April Fools’ Day is an appropriate day to highlight both the extortionate price of medicines and the lack of transparency around research and development (R&D) costs.
The protest is coordinated by a coalition of over 25 health advocacy groups from 6 continents. Today’s demonstrations are being held outside offices of Pfizer, Gilead, Roche, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
We demand an end to:
· unfair medicine pricing
· deception about research and development costs.
Instead, we want all countries to use public health safeguards to ensure better access to medicines and a global R&D agreement that would ensure better innovation for medicines.
“The public won’t be taken for fools by Big Pharma anymore! Martin Shkreli is not an outlier for gouging medicine prices! Together we’re standing up against the abusive practices of the global pharmaceutical industry, which continues to leave millions of people without access to the life-saving medicines they need”, said Luis Santiago from ACT UP.
Globally, more than two billion people do not have regular access to the critical medicines they need. This is one in three of the world's population. More than half