Protest, Webinar to Demand Federal Government Make Medicines Affordable

On Thursday, Groups and Lawmakers Demand Azar and Trump ‘Make Medicines Work’

WHAT: Public Citizen, the Action Center on Race & the Economy, the Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Social Security Works and other groups and lawmakers will host a demonstration and webinar titled “Make Medicines Work” to demand the Trump administration use its existing authority to lower drug prices, because medicines do not work for people who cannot afford them.

More than two dozen local and state government officials from at least six states have written U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in recent weeks insisting the government use its executive authority to authorize generic competition and mandate widespread manufacturing for forthcoming COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, as well as urgent medicines needed in communities like naloxone and insulin.

Activists, community members and experts will rally in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building at 1 p.m. EDT. Afterward, grassroot leaders, experts and government officials will host a webinar at 3:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the pandemic, pharmaceutical monopolies, structural racism in health care and how to make medicines affordable.

WHO: Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
Maine State Sen. Rebecca Millett
LaDon Love, executive director, SPACEs In Action
Maurice Weeks, co-executive director, Action Center on Race and the Economy
Peter Maybarduk, director, Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program
Alex Lawson, executive director, Social Security Works
Carrie McBane, community organizer, Down Home North Carolina

WHEN: Demonstration at 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 9.
Webinar at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday July 9.

WHERE: U.S. Department Health & Human Services
330 C Street SW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Register for the webinar here.