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 often buy up taxpayer funded research and reap the profits from charging extortionate prices while patients are denied access to vital medicines.
Join the fight for affordable medicines
We’ve joined forces with Missing Medicines – a coalition of UK organisations fighting for affordable medicines globally. We want conditions on all public health research to make sure the medicines developed are affordable and accessible here in the UK and across the world.