This November, the Fight for Fair Drug Pricing Comes to San Francisco
Prices for Prescription Drugs are skyrocketing – and San Franciscans are paying the price. Even with the new healthcare reform law, drug manufacturers still have the ability to charge any cost for new medications, no matter how high.
To keep up with skyrocketing costs of drugs, San Francisco has increased it's budget by millions over the past few years - paid for by taxpayer dollars – all while drug manufacturers are making billions in profits.
Nearly 18,000 San Franciscans put Prop D on the ballot this November because enough is enough - it's time to take a stand and demand Fair Drug Pricing for all.
“The exploding cost of prescription medications has had a major impact on my family. My son needs daily medication to treat his asthma – and costs have been rising dramatically over the past few years.”
“Patients with lifelong illnesses requiring daily medication should not have to check their bank accounts before taking a simple trip to the pharmacy. Prop D makes sure this issue is addressed here in San Francisco.”
“As a former government worker, it costs the state over $16,000 a year to pay for my medication! This is wrong - Tax dollars that should be used to help our schools, improve MUNI, or make our neighborhoods safer instead go to pay drug manufacturers for excessive costs.”
“With no relief coming at the state or federal levels – we have to take this issue into our own hands. It’s time for San Franciscans to stand up not only for the thousands of patients like me living with HIV/AIDS and other life-long diseases, but for every person who suffers from the skyrocketing cost of drugs. Prop D gives us that opportunity, and I’m proud to take a stand for fair drug pricing.“
“Prices are rising faster then ever, and it’s time for the city to take a stand against the drug manufactures who are making huge profits off of San Franciscans who have no choice but to purchase these essential medications to enjoy a quality way of life. Enough is enough!”
“I am a lead supporter of Prop D because the issue of skyrocketing drug costs is hurting too many San Franciscans, and we must take a stand. Prop D won’t cost San Francisco anything, but the potential savings are huge. Drug prices are so expensive that even if we lower them by a fraction, our city and taxpayers will save millions.”
“As a pharmacist, I see firsthand how medications – some that cost merely pennies to make – are sold at staggeringly high prices. For those with good insurance, a typical medication may be only a few dollars. But for others, that exact same drug could cost thousands of dollars per month.”
“As a doctor who provides counseling to patients who suffer with life-long diseases, I see how harmful the issue of runaway drug prices is for San Franciscans who simply can’t afford their medication. Recent studies show that almost 25 million Americans struggle to afford the medication they are prescribed by their doctors, with many of them either skipping daily doses or going without the medication entirely.“
"Every day I fight to make sure all San Franciscans are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. That's why I support Prop D –it's a smart first step towards securing the policy changes we need at all levels of government to reign in out of control drug price increases that are hurting so many of our fellow San Franciscans."
“San Francisco has a long history of fighting for smart, progressive healthcare policies. It’s time to take on the critically important issue of HIV/AIDS drug pricing, a problem affecting so many in our community. That’s why I support Prop D.”