RxRights is closing its doors
For nearly seven years, RxRights has been fighting to promote and protect access to safe and affordable medicine. Regrettably, we’re going to be forced to close our doors at the end of the month.
It pains us to announce this closure—especially as the drug pricing issue is gaining traction in the media and with legislators. We’ve been successful on a number of fronts in the fight for drug affordability, but one area where we failed as a nonprofit was fundraising. We weren’t able to identify grants to sustain us. Though many of you generously donated to support the cause, our fundraising campaigns ultimately came up short.
Thank you for all of your support over the years. Considering we’re a nonprofit on a shoestring budget, taking on Big Pharma is akin to David vs. Goliath. But with your help, we had some significant achievements.
We started with a list of 92 people and grew our email base to tens of thousands. Legislators and media professionals have repeatedly called upon RxRights to provide expertise and insight into the crisis of drug unaffordability in America.
Some of our key accomplishments:
- Mobilized thousands of advocates to contact legislators to express opposition to the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The bill that would have censored licensed, legitimate Canadian and other international pharmacies was stopped in its tracks due to public resistance.
- Hand-delivered our petition with close to 25,000 signatures opposing the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) bid to control the .pharmacy domain at the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Public Forum in Los Angeles.
- Created a testimonial map that features hundreds of stories from Americans who can’t afford the high price of U.S. medicine.
- Produced three testimonial videos featuring advocates telling personal stories of their struggles to afford prescription drugs.
- Developed an infographic to illustrate the problem of lack of access to affordable medicine.
- Disseminated tips for finding a legitimate international online pharmacy.
- Compiled tips for consumers to help them save on prescription drugs.
Clearly, the fight for affordable medicine needs to continue. We’re heartened at the increasing level of support we’ve seen from legislators and the media. Senator Bernie Sanders’ office recently contacted us to ask for our support for new legislation he plans introduce on February 28.
The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act would instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue regulations allowing wholesalers, licensed U.S. pharmacies, and individuals to import qualifying prescription drugs manufactured at FDA-inspected facilities from licensed Canadian sellers. We support this bill and hope it finds the bipartisan approval it needs to succeed.
In our absence, we hope you continue to speak out on the drug pricing issue—it has never been more critical for consumers to raise their voices in unison. Public outcry is powerful and helps enact change.
There’s no single group that fills RxRights’ role, especially when it comes to educating the public about safe international online pharmacies. But nonprofits with similar missions exist. Here’s a sampling of nonprofits working to educate consumers and advocate for affordable medicine.
- Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing
- Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
- National Retiree Legislative Network
- Patients for Affordable Drugs
- Prescription Justice
- T1International (specific to Type 1 diabetes)
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organizational members of our coalition for all their support over the years as well.