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The people’s prescription: Re-imagining health innovation to deliver public value

October 2018

Driven by profit rather than public health, the pharmaceutical sector is incentivised to set high prices and deliver short-term returns to shareholders, rather than focus on riskier, longer-term research which leads to critically needed therapeutic advances. The high prices of medicines are causing severe patient access problems worldwide, with damaging consequences for human health and wellbeing. These are symptoms of an innovation model that is broken. This report maps the fault lines of this system and sets out principles for a new one.

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. 

A guide to university campaigning for affordable medicine

February 2018

Sick of Corporate Greed: The fight for affordable medicine on your campus is an action guide to help university students campaign and affect change.

Sick of corporate greed leaflet

November 2017

Pharmaceuticals campaign leaflet

Imagine if the NHS couldn’t afford to save your life

November 2017

All over the world, drug companies are charging extortionate prices for medicine, preventing people accessing treatment.
It’s time to put people before profit in the global drug industry.

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Pills and Profits: How drug companies make a killing out of public research

October 2017

UK taxpayers and patients worldwide are being denied the medicines they need, despite the public sector playing a pivotal role in the discovery of new medicines. The UK government is the second largest funder country, after the US, for research and development (R&D) in diseases that predominantly affect poor countries. Across all areas of health R&D, the UK government spent £2.3 billion on health R&D in 2015 alone.