EpiPen. HIV Drugs. Hep C Treatment. Insulin.

The list of drugs that have grabbed headlines for dizzyingly high prices are just the tip of the iceberg. Pharmaceutical companies’ habit of pushing the limits on drug prices is costing states like California billions and driving up the cost of healthcare.

Enough is enough. It’s time for solutions.

California Takes On Out-of-Control Prescription Drug Pricing


The pharmaceutical industry spent years stalling transparency legislation in the state legislature but, California families made progress in 2017 with the passage of SB 17. There’s more to be done, but this landmark law is paving the way for more sustainable, affordable prescription drug prices.



Pay-for-delay agreements, also known as reverse payment settlements, occur when major brand-name pharmaceutical companies pay off generic manufacturers to delay entering their lower-priced generic versions of the drug into the market for a set period of time. Pay-for-delay agreements take money from patient pockets to unfairly increase drug company profits. AB 824 (Wood) is currently making its way through California’s Capitol. The law will give Attorney General Becerra greater tools to crack down on pay-for-delay schemes — bringing more generic drugs into the marketplace to ensure competition helps all Californians have access to more affordable health care. Read more about Pay-for-Delay.

Stay Informed

Stay up to date on the fight against runaway prescription drug prices.

A drug used to prevent the formation of blood clots increased by 40% to cost nearly $300. More prescription drug increases from @CA_OSHPD’s latest report: https://t.co/sDNCoi7a5y https://t.co/HBjTwmxcHH

One drug, used to treat ulcers and IBS, increased by 836% to cost nearly $1,400! More on @CA_OSHPD latest report: https://t.co/sDNCoi7a5y https://t.co/JwSyIlAUUQ

Is ten thousand dollars too much for prescription drug manufacturers to charge for #COVID19 treatments? We think so! Now more than ever, we need to stop runaway prescription drug prices by keeping Big Pharma accountable! Read more: https://t.co/RpcQtAv2O8

Increasing transparency to pressure prescription drug manufacturers to lower their prices works! One prescription drug company announced lower #COVID19 treatment prices following the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) recommendations. More: https://t.co/S25eVBGUNe

Transparency in Drug Pricing

Health coverage protects us from most of Big Pharma’s price gouging, but drugs with six-figure price tags drive up the cost of care for everyone.
In 2017, California passed SB 17 to bring pharmaceutical companies’ pricing tactics out of the dark and begin to address the growing affordability crisis. The bill, which will serve as a model for the nationwide push to address rising prescription drug prices, came on the tails of truly outrageous price hikes, like Mylan’s decision to needlessly up the price of EpiPens by nearly 500 percent and Gilead Sciences’ pricing of a lifesaving treatment at $1,000 per pill. While examples like these are widely known, the pharmaceutical industry has been quietly upping the price of old and new drugs alike. This destructive practice has led prescription drug prices to become the fastest growing portion of the health care dollar.

SB 17 is now:

Giving A Heads
Up On
Price Hikes

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Drug companies will give payers notice of major price increases for the most expensive drugs

Helping Plan

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Payers can plan ahead for significant price increases on medications

Providing Data
To Inform

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Lawmakers can review historical trends on drug costs to inform solutions


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Public will have access to basic information on what drives price hikes and drug spending