CSRxP Leads Diverse Group Of Nearly 50 Organizations In Pledging Support For Bipartisan CREATES Act

Feb 5, 2019

Legislation Would Lower Prescription Drug Prices, Increase Competition, Prevent Manufacturers From “Gaming” Patent System


Washington, D.C. – The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing (CSRxP) today led a group of nearly 50 organizations in sending a letter to U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in support of the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (“CREATES”) Act, a bipartisan bill reintroduced today in the United States Senate to lower drug prices:


In the letter, the groups wrote:

“We, the undersigned, commend you for your leadership, commitment to reducing out-of-control prescription drug prices, and efforts to stop anti-competitive abuses that keep drug prices high for patients … we again pledge our support for the CREATES Act and look forward to continuing to work with you to get this bill across the finish line this year.

“The CREATES Act is a bipartisan, market-based solution to increase competition and thus lower prescription drug prices for patients and consumers.  This reform helps speed the introduction of generic and biosimilar medicines by facilitating the purchase of brand name drug samples on market-based terms from pharmaceutical companies who otherwise would use anticompetitive tactics to block access.  The CREATES Act will help ensure that brand-name pharmaceutical companies cannot take advantage of regulatory rules to forestall the competition that is essential for access and innovation.”

Highlighting the Trump Administration’s efforts on the issue, the groups acknowledged U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, as well as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for raising awareness around the regulatory abuse that stifles development of generic drugs.  The groups noted:

“We also recognize and appreciate the commitment from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner (FDA) Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on this important issue.  Both have elevated awareness of brand manufacturer ‘gaming’ of FDA regulatory rules to deny would-be generic competitors the ability to purchase samples of brand-name drugs necessary to conduct the FDA-required testing and bring more affordable medicines to market.”

Praising the CREATES Act as a cost-saving measure that will combat pharmaceutical companies’ anti-competitive practices, the groups added:

“Unfortunately, the use of these anti-competitive tactics has increased over the years and the cost to patients, health care providers and taxpayers now amounts to billions of dollars annually.  The CREATES Act would deliver those savings to patients by establishing a clear process for the FDA to ensure the appropriate safety measures are in place, as well as a limited legal pathway that can be used only in instances when a brand company has continued unjustifiably to deny the purchase of samples.”


The full list of signers includes:

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Alliance of Community Health Plans
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Consumer Institute
American Gastroenterological Association
America’s Health Insurance Plans
American Hospital Association
Association for Accessible Medicines
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Blue Shield of California
Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs
Coalition to Reduce Spending
Consumer Action
Consumer Reports
CVS Health
Doctors for America
Families USA
Federation of American Hospitals
Friends of Cancer Research
Frontiers of Freedom
Healthcare Supply Chain Association
Greater New York Hospital Association
Innovation Defense Fund
Institute for Liberty
Kaiser Permanente
Knowledge Ecology International
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Coalition on Health Care
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Patients for Affordable Drugs
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Premier healthcare alliance
Prime Therapeutics
Public Citizen
Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable

To read the full letter click HERE.