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
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:
ACT UP visits the St. Patricks Day Parade!
Join us Thur morning at 10:30AM to demand that Gov Cuomo fund NY State's Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic with $70 million this year. Currently, he's earmarked $10 million in the state budget for the plan which greatly hinders any chance of success. Let's show Cuomo that luck has nothing to do with ending AIDS.
We'll have signs to carry and flyers to hand out. Don't forget to wear green!
What: St. Patrick's Day Protest
When: Thur March 17 at 10:30AM
Where: SW Corner of 53rd St. and 5th Ave
Directions: Take the E,M to 53rd St. in Manhattan
Join ACT UP NY on January 25th for a teach-in followed by a Q&A with Dr Perry Halkitis about the Meth epidemic
among gay men in NYC, especially among gay men of color
1/25/16, 7 - 9 pm, room 301 at the NYC LGBT Center,
208 W 13 St between 7th & 8th Aves.
Dr Halkitis has a PhD Psychology; he is a teacher and researcher at NYU, focusing on gay men, HIV, drug use and mental health.
The current era of Meth (Tina/Crystal/etc) in NYC started in the early 90s after a more potent version emerged nationwide, and was initially concentrated in affluent gay circles. In 2004, activist Peter Staley aggressively campaigned to raise awareness, but that success has proven temporary. Many of us see a growing trend in use.
Today, meth is as potent as ever. PNP (Party & Play, Tina parTying) is routine in the sexual lives of many men in NYC. From sites like Adam4Adam and BareBackRT to apps like Grindr and Scruff, the coded messages fly. Meanwhile our community is either silent or stigmatizing, our public officials appear oblivious and unconcerned, and we know far too little about what is going on.
The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) is neither a medical provider nor a referral service. We are activists; our meetings are always a Safe Space...free from stigma, judgment, guilt or shame. We'll have an open conversation about Meth & Sex, what resources are out there, what we need to have, and how our community can get it. ACT UP demands REAL data, prevention & treatment! (Click Here for a downloadable flyer)
ACT UP NY meets every Monday from 7 to 9 PM
at the LGBT Center in NYC, 208 W 13 St (off 7th Ave)