Sick of corporate greed
The scandal of expensive medicines
Corporate profits trump public health
Why are medicines so expensive? Drug companies can charge runaway prices because new drugs are protected by legal monopolies. This profit-driven model has made the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable in the world. Drug companies justify high prices by claiming they need to recoup their research and development costs. But nine of the top ten pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than on research and development. Also, most early-stage innovative research is publically funded. Drug companies reap the profits from publicly funded research, charging extortionate prices while patients are denied access to vital medicines.
Making sure any Covid-19 treatment is affordable for all
Right now, everyone everywhere is absorbing the shock of a global health crisis. Our campaign continues to fight to ensure that everyone is able to access any new Covid-19 vaccines or treatments that are in the pipeline.We are pushing the government to ensure that any new Covid-19 vaccine or treatment that is developed with public funding is affordable for all and reaches those who need it most.
We need a vaccine for coronavirus to be developed as quickly as possible. Public money is pouring in to make that a reality. The UK government has already committed £40 million towards researching a vaccine. But unless public health conditions are attached to publicly funded research, pharmaceutical giants can shut out anyone who can't afford their prices.