Doctors Support Proposition 61 - California Drug Price Relief


Doctors Organization Speaks Out against Pharma Companies’ Greed

SACRAMENTO, CA – Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices today announced that the California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) has joined an extensive list of supporters of the first-in-the-nation initiative to address price-gouging. If passed, millions of Californians will be able to access prescription drugs at lower costs and the state will save an expected billion dollars per year.

“It is no surprise that nurses, physicians and other health care providers are leading the charge against outrageous pharmaceutical company greed,” said Dr. William Yturri Skeen, executive director of California Physicians Alliance. “We know firsthand that access to affordable medicines saves lives.”

As to the threat of unintended consequences from Prop 61, as the drug companies are alleging, Skeen added, “Giving government the ability to negotiate fair prices is the right thing to do. We can’t let the fear of Big Pharma acting badly in the future sway our moral compass.”

“We are delighted to have this distinguished organization of doctors join our fight against the greed of the drug companies,” said Garry South, lead strategist for the yes on 61 campaign. “Unlike the California Medical Association, that shamefully sold out to their benefactors in Big Pharma on this issue, the California Physicians Alliance knows that doctors need to be protecting their patients and their lives, not outrageous drug prices.”

Founded in 1987 as the California Physicians Alliance with the goal of promoting progressive change in health care at the state and national levels, CaPA believes that health care is a human right. Consisting of physicians, medical students, health professionals and advocates, CaPA believes that access to high-quality health care should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity.Their mission is to educate and advocate for health-care reform in order to achieve guaranteed, high-quality, comprehensive and equally accessible care for all.

Proposition 61 would require the state of California to negotiate with drug companies for drug prices that are no more than is paid for the same drugs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Unlike Medicare, the DVA negotiates for drug prices on behalf of the millions veterans it serves, and pays on average 20-24 percent less for medications than other government agencies, and up to 40 percent less than Medicare Part D. Prop. 61 empowers the state, as the healthcare buyer for millions of Californians, to negotiate the same or an even better deal for taxpayers, saving the state billions.

CaPA joins other prominent organizations and leaders, including AARP California, California Nurses Association, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his new organization Our Revolution, California State Retirees, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Urban League, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Campaign for a Healthy California, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta, Progressive Democrats of America, Social Security Works and VoteVets Action Fund in supporting Prop. 61. A full list of endorsements can be found at