Pharma

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Five reasons Sturgeon should stand up to Big Pharma


24 May 2018

The high price of breast cancer drug Perjeta means it is not currently available to patients in Scotland, but is available in England and Wales. How do we make sure essential medicines are affordable for everyone in the UK?

Stop the bullying tactics of big pharma


02 March 2018

The Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Novartis holds it AGM today in Basel, Switzerland and different groups across the world are joining forces to protest its bullying tactics that  were exposed in a recently leaked letter. 

Public funding but private profits - how to fight the pharmaceutical industry on your campus


22 February 2018

Forbes - the American business magazine  - showed that the Pharmaceutical industry was the world's most profitable industry in 2016, with a massive 30% profit for pharmaceutical companies selling generic medicines during that year.

Latest news

Global protests ahead of Novartis AGM in Switzerland tomorrow. Call for new CEO to clean up company following scandals in Colombia and Greece.

Campaign groups Global Justice Now and STOPAIDS have welcomed a statement by NHS England to the BBC’s 5 Live Investigates this morning that “further regulatory action may be needed” on drug pricing at a time when NHS funding is under severe pressure.

Treatments for cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS) are among drugs costing the cash-strapped NHS over a billion pounds a year – despite public funding playing a substantial role in the medicines’ development.

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Pharma - NHS birthday A5 leaflet

May 2018

As the NHS turns 70, it is locked in a crisis of underfunding. The reasons are many, from government funding cuts to the massive debts racked up as a result of Private Finance Initiatives. But one factor that gets less notice is the rip-off prices the pharmaceutical industry charges for a huge range of drugs.

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Pharmaceutical campaign: activist lobby guide

March 2018

This briefing provides the key talking points that you can use in a meeting with your MP about our campaign for affordable medicines. The briefing is intended to help you lobby:

- An MP who has not taken action on this campaign

- An MP who has taken action on this campaign or

-An MP that is a member of the business, health or public accounts committees

Please use the lobbying advice that is most relevant to your MP.

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Pills and profit: MP briefing

February 2018

This briefing for MPs and parliamentarians documents examples of where publicly funded research and development has led to drugs that the public have found difficult to access. It calls for conditions to be attached to public research to ensure drugs are affordable for all patients.