Riding high on the record profits they made during the Covid-19 pandemic, big pharma are hard at work lobbying the UK government to allow them to profiteer even more off the NHS.
Pharmaceutical companies are looking to overhaul a key NHS pricing deal which prevents the drugs bill from spiralling out of control.
The terms big pharma are demanding would see the NHS shell out an extra £2 billion each year on drugs. Underfunded and understaffed, the last thing the NHS needs is pharma companies hiking the bill for essential medicines.
Instead of lining the pockets of pharma shareholders, this money could be used to fill roughly 75% of the more than 52,000 current vacancies in our collapsing NHS.
Write to the Department for Health today and tell them not to let big pharma hold the NHS to ransom.
To the UK prime minister
I call on you to resist demands by pharmaceutical companies to replace the voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access (VPAS) with a much lower tax regime which could cost the NHS £2 billion more every year.
Pharmaceutical companies are already some of the most profitable in the world, and additional NHS funding should go towards reversing years of cuts to services and staff.
Don't let the pharmaceutical industry hold the NHS and patients to ransom.