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ACT UP at Pfizer World Headquarters Protesting Drug Prices

On April 1, 2016, we stand in solidarity with a coalition of over 25 health advocacy groups from 6 continents.

In New York, we target Pfizer because it is representative of the deceptive pharmaceutical industry. We are protesting against their

lies and continuous acts of financial greed in their attempts to profit from medicines at the expense patients’ lives and expanding affordable access.

  • Pfizer gouges prices.In January 2016, Pfizer hiked the price of over 100 medicines, by up to 20%, including treatments for breast cancer, mental health, HIV, epilepsy, prostate cancer, pneumonia, skin and gut infections, acute myeloid leukemia, erectile dysfunction, menopause symptoms, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and heart disease. These price increases deviate from costs of inflation and regularly occur over the years.
  • Pfizer lies. They claim that R&D for a medication costs over USD 1 billion dollars. Their propaganda deceives the public to justify that they deserve billions of dollars in profit in order to recoup costs. Pfizer uses millions in public fundsto develop drugs and needs to open its books to reveal the true R&D costs.
  • Pfizer steals. Pfizer merged with Irish company Allergan

Press Statement For Immediate Release

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
•    corporate tax inversion
•    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 of these people live in Asia and Africa. Every year, 10 million people die from diseases because access to effective treatments is blocked by drug pricing.

One reason for this is the high cost of medicines under patent protection. Another is a refusal to see diseases like HIV in the context of poverty, malnutrition, and other material factors. There is no such thing as an epidemic that occurs independently of social problems around it.

The pharmaceutical industry justifies high prices by claiming

Phizer Greed Kills

On April Fools’ Day, we are protesting the extortionately high price of medicines. We’re confronting the pharmaceutical industry for its unaffordable pricing practices, leaving millions in need without access to drugs. Twenty-nine years later, we are still desperate for affordable medicines and we demand a change to the pharmaceutical system! We are a coalition of health advocacy groups confronting pharmaceutical companies which benefit from the abusive drug pricing system.

In New York, we are targeting Pfizer to demand an end to unfair drug pricing, corporate tax inversion, and deceptive information about research and development costs. Martin Shkreli is not an outlier for gouging drug prices! This is a routine practice in the pharmaceutical industry. Patients, healthcare professionals, and taxpayers will no longer tolerate such malfeasant practices!

DON’T BE FOOLED: There is no reasonable justification for current drug pricing practices!

What: ACT UP 29th Anniversary Action
When: Fri April 1 at 11:30AM
Where: Meet at Bank of America at 42nd St & 3rd Ave followed by march to Pfizer HQ
Directions: Take the 4,5,6, or 7 to Grand Central

Can’t make it? You can sign the petitions and share on social media:
http://www.signforgood.com/stoppfizer/
http://www.afairshot.org/
https://uaem.wufoo.com/forms/make-medicines-for-people-not-for-profit/
#PharmaGreedKills #PfizerKills

 

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

·       corporate tax inversion

·       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