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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Greg Walden, Secretary Tom Price M.D., Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Senator Charles Grassley, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Al Franken

STOP artificial shortages and skyrocketing prices of generic prescription drugs

          Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) Dear Friends, Colleagues, Patients & Fellow Citizens: As medical practitioners and concerned citizens, we're deeply anguished that millions of  patients are suffering needlessly, and in many cases dying, because of unprecedented shortages of generic prescription drugs. Most are sterile injectables administered in hospitals, outpatient facilities, and clinics. They include chemotherapy agents for ovarian, colon, and breast cancer, leukemia and Hodgkin's disease; anesthetics and pain medications; antibiotics; IV nutrients for malnourished infants, and many other generics that have been saving lives for decades. Patients are being forced to use  substitutes that are less effective or more expensive, or both. This is an inexcusable and entirely preventable public health emergency. These chronic artificial shortages  are simply unacceptable in our market economy. They were caused by the anticompetitive contracting practices, kickbacks, self-dealing, and other abuses of giant hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs), which control the purchasing of more than $300 billion annually in drugs, devices and supplies for some 5,000 hospitals and thousands of non-acute care facilities. It is a "pay-to-play" scheme in which these  cartels award exclusive contracts to favored suppliers in return for exorbitant administrative, marketing, and other "fees" (a/k/a kickbacks). As a result of these dubious practices, there are now only one or two suppliers for many of these drugs, and in some instances, none at all. The GPOs have virtually destroyed this once-robust American industry by undermining the time-tested laws of supply and demand that govern virtually every other industry, from autos to zucchini. Indeed, they have stifled competition in the entire hospital supplies marketplace, inflating annual healthcare costs by as much as $100 billion. What's more, no one seems to know where all the billions are going, because there is virtually no disclosure, regulation, or government oversight. That is no accident. To replenish our generic drug supplies,  market competition must be restored to the broken generic injectable drug and hospital purchasing industries. To accomplish that, Congress must repeal the misguided 1987 Medicare anti-kickback safe harbor provision, which gave rise to this crisis by exempting GPOs from criminal prosecution for taking kickbacks from suppliers. Congress created this debacle, and now Congress must stop it. For a primer on this issue, read our Op-Ed in The New York Times of 9/3/13, "How a Cabal Keeps Generics Scarce": http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/opinion/how-a-cabal-keeps-generics-scarce.html. For more information on how GPOs hurt patients and healthcare workers and inflate healthcare costs, visit our website: www.physiciansagainstdrugshortages.com. Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) is a grassroots coalition of physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, a journalist and other concerned individuals. We're all working on this project pro bono and covering expenses out of our own pockets. We organized PADS, and started this petition, for one reason and one reason only: doctors are no longer able to get the drugs they need to properly treat their patients.  If you share our outrage over this travesty, please sign our petition and DEMAND that  President Trump and Congress repeal the anti-kickback safe harbor IMMEDIATELY. Thank you for your attention. Robert A. Campbell M.D. Chairman Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) Contact: rcampbellmd@comcast.net Phillip L. Zweig M.B.A Executive Director Contact: media@physiciansagainstdrugshortages.com  

Physicians Against Drug Shortages
2,479 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Biogen Idec, Michel Vounatsos, Biogen

Without Spinraza, Zahra will die

By signing this petition, you are literally saving Zahra’s life.  Zahra, a 6 years old girl, has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy ("SMA"), which is a terminal, degenerative disease, that takes away a child’s ability to walk, stand, sit, eat, breathe, and even swallow.  SMA is the most common genetic cause of infant death. HOWEVER, a new medication, SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), not only can stop the disease, it will restore the previous degeneration. Unfortunately, Spinraza is VERY expensive, costing $750,000 USD! Without SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), Zahra will die.  All you have to do in order to help Zahra is to simply sign this petition requesting Biogen, the company which makes SPINRAZA™, to ease Zahra's access to this medication by either reducing the price or any other way possible to save her life. Please follow Zahra on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SaveZahraD #SaveZahra Zahra's family is working hard to save their little one, but without this drug nothing will save Zahra. To learn more about Zahra and her story please click on the link below:  http://savezahrad.ir/ Dear Biogen company, please gift Zahra the compassionate use of SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen) or at lower prices before it is too late. Please support Zahra's family so that this little girl can start her treatment as soon as possible. No kid in this world deserves to be left to gradually or eventually die. Please help saving Zahra's life.    

Ali Dehghannezhad
147,599 supporters