MEDIA ADVISORY: Advocates to Converge in DC to Call for Executive Action on Drug Prices from HHS Sec. Becerra

MEDIA ADVISORY October 4, 2022

Contact: Darcey Rakestraw,, (202) 210-0152
Joie Kichton,, (518) 867-9928
Christianne Marguerite,, (516) 643-2136
Danielle Strasburger,, (512) 879-7653

Advocates to Converge in DC to Call for Executive Action on Drug Prices from Sec. Becerra 

Giant Piggy Bank Piñata to Illustrate People Must Break the Bank to Access Their Medicines

Advocates from across the nation, including from West Virginia, will converge outside of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) building at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 6 to remind Secretary Xavier Becerra that he has the power to help lower drug prices for Americans right now, and make medicines affordable in ways the Inflation Reduction Act cannot, using existing executive authorities.

Participants will break open a giant piñata filled with pill bottles to illustrate that people are forced to “break the bank” to access life-saving medications, and to call attention to how executive action must accompany legislative action to make medicines affordable.

The action is sponsored by the Make Meds Affordable campaign, which includes WV Citizen Action Group, Action Center on Race and the Economy, CPD Action, Indivisible, People’s Action, PrEP4All, Progressive Maryland, Public Citizen, Social Security Works, and T1International.

Emmabella Rudd, member, T1International
Crystal Parker, member, Progressive Maryland
Arthur & Julian Blair, members, SPACEs in Action
Peter Maybarduk, Access to Medicines director, Public Citizen

12 – 1 p.m. ET, Thurs., Oct. 6

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC
The event also will be live-streamed on Public Citizen’s Facebook page



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