Access and Affordability of Medicines

The High Cost of Medicines

Americans pay more for their medicines than anyone else in the world – prices for the world’s top-selling 20 drugs are three times higher in the U.S. than in England, and two times higher than in Canada.   In the wake of the 2016 Epipen and Daraprim drug pricing scandals, and as overall prices continue to climb, investors have grown frustrated by a lack of transparency on the part of the industry and believe a stronger message needs to be sent.

ICCR members argue that access to health care is a human right, and expect the pharmaceutical companies they hold in their portfolios to find ways to bend the cost curve to improve access and affordability for consumers 

Featured ICCR Initiatives

Challenging Big Pharma on High Drug Prices. ICCR members have filed resolutions at five major pharmaceutical companies -- Abbvie, Amgen, Biogen, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Eli Lilly -- asking for information about how well their executive pay incentives mitigate the long-term financial risks associated with mounting public concerns over the affordability of prescription medicines.

Featured Resources

The Access to Medicines IndexThe Index analyses 20 of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies on how they make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics more accessible in low- and middle-income countries

The Human Toll of Unaffordable Medicines - Five stories of Americans struggling with the cost of everyday medicines.





Why prescription drugs are totally unaffordable

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