July 17, 2018 Press Releases

McCaskill for Missouri Releases New TV Ad Highlighting Claire’s Work to Take on Pharmaceutical Companies, Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Missourians


Click here to watch “Taking Them On.”

MISSOURI — Today, McCaskill for Missouri released a new TV ad, Taking Them On, which highlights Claire’s work on behalf of Missouri families to take on pharmaceutical companies — including those that have played a role in the opioid crisis — and lower the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

Claire worked across the aisle to conduct an investigation into why pharmaceutical companies were raising prices on consumers, including holding bipartisan hearings to investigate sudden price increases on decades-old drugs and dramatic price increases after the acquisition or merger of pharmaceutical companies. This investigation led to bipartisan legislation to increase competition in the pharmaceutical market and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

In response to the opioid crisis that has devastated Missouri families, Claire has led what one news outlet called “the biggest Congressional investigation” into opioid manufacturers’ role in the epidemic. Claire’s investigation has already revealed the systematic manipulation of one pharmaceutical company to push their opioids on consumers and the CEO has been arrested. Claire has also secured federal funding for Missouri counties to establish Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

“I’m trying to go after the greed. I’m trying to go after a system that’s broken. I’ve actually had people in Washington warn me, say ‘you know, you ought to back off on these pharmaceutical companies, they’re too big, too powerful.’ And then I think of the families who can’t afford the drug. More importantly, the families who have lost a loved one to a heroin overdose. And I say ‘I don’t care how big and powerful they are. We’re going to get after this.'” — Senator Claire McCaskill

Click here to watch the ad.

TRANSCRIPT:

Reporter 1: Prescription drug prices are rising nearly 10 times the rate of inflation.

Claire McCaskill: These pharmaceutical companies are using the law to feed their greed.

Reporter 2: Prescription drug prices

Reporter 3: Soaring in cost

Reporter 4: The fight to survive unfortunately comes down to money

McCaskill: They have raised prices in ways that make it impossible for families to take the drugs they need. We’ve got to change that. We can’t allow Pharma to be that powerful.

Reporter 5: Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill wants to hold drug makers accountable

Reporter 6: McCaskill launching a hearing into the pricing practices

Reporter 7: McCaskill is leading a Senate look into Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

McCaskill: I’m trying to go after the greed. I’m trying to go after a system that’s broken. I’ve actually had people in Washington warn me, say ‘you know, you ought to back off on these pharmaceutical companies, they’re too big, too powerful.’ And then I think of the families who can’t afford the drug. More importantly, the families who have lost a loved one to a heroin overdose. And I say ‘I don’t care how big and powerful they are. We’re going to get after this.’

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