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National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices

National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices

A new national ad campaign is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting high drug prices. 

The six-figure ad buy from the organization Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW pushes for Congress to pass the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act, intended to prevent branded drug companies from using tactics to delay competition from cheaper generic drugs.

The ad buy will target lawmakers in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

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“We hear from patients every day who are being forced to choose between buying groceries and taking lifesaving drugs,” said the group's founder, David Mitchell.

“Americans are hurt, angry, and demand action from Washington. The CREATES Act is a bipartisan bill to halt drug company abuses that keep prices high. It should pass immediately.”

Lawmakers are considering adding the measure to an upcoming spending deal, in what would be a rare defeat for the powerful pharmaceutical industry. 

The measure is estimated to save patients more than $3 billion.

Co-sponsors include a diverse group of lawmakers such as Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). 

It also has the support of of conservative groups like FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation, as well as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. 

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