WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of President Trump’s State of the Union Address, Patients Over Pharma released the following statement and background research highlighting his long record of broken promises on prescription drug costs and calling on him to change course and finally take meaningful action for patients.

“President Trump is getting ready to make a new round of prescription drug promises in his State of the Union, but people across the country are still waiting for him to keep the promises he made the last times he addressed Congress and the nation,” said Eli Zupnick, spokesman for Patients Over Pharma.

“Anyone listening to President Trump talk about prescription drug costs should remember that he filled his Administration from top to bottom with Big Pharma lobbyists, executives, and allies who have been working every day to block any meaningful action to bring down drug costs for patients and their families.

“Here is the reality: The state of the union is strong for Big Pharma, their shareholders, their executives, and their lobbyists. But for patients and families who have watched their prescription drug costs increase each year without any meaningful action from policymakers, promises are no longer enough.

“If President Trump is serious about tackling the cost of prescription drugs he will reverse course, announce his support for the House-passed Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and urge Senate leaders to stop delaying and send it to his desk.”

President Trump’s State of the Union prescription drug promises

  • 2019 SOTU: “It’s unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place. This is wrong, this is unfair, and together we will stop it — and we’ll stop it fast.”

  • 2018 SOTU:“One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs…I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.”

  • 2017 Joint Address to Congress: “[I will] work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs, and bring them down immediately.”

President Trump’s prescription drug reality

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