Global & Domestic Health

Global & Domestic Health

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Global Health

Many of our member organizations play a critical role in providing access to health care in vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. As shareholders in major pharmaceutical companies, we bring the realities of these communities into our shareholder dialogues, as we call for greater access and affordability to medicines to treat neglected tropical diseases, TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria – as well as chronic diseases that are affecting more and more people in the developing world. We urge companies to expand their research and development activities to develop life-saving treatments for neglected patients.

AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer are among the companies we engage on this critical issue.

Resources

ICCR’s Statement of Principles and Recommended Corporate Practices to Promote Global Health
Access to Medicine Index
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing
Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers

Domestic Health

Since 2007, Tri-State CRI members have taken the need for health care reform to the corporate arena.  Long before  the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we called on companies to adopt principles on health care reform and support access to quality health care that is

  • universal
  • continuous
  • affordable to individuals and families
  • affordable and sustainable for society.

Ever since, we have held shareholder dialogues with companies on what they are doing to advance the goals of health reform – whether they are pharmaceutical, medical device or insurance companies, or large restaurant and retail companies who employ many low-wage workers, such as Walmart, Target and McDonalds.

2016-2017 Drug Pricing Engagement Strategy

For decades, ICCR members have been pressing drug companies for greater disclosures on pricing structures as a way to promote greater access to medicines. A lack of transparency around how drug prices are determined has led to an industry-wide ethos of “whatever the market will bear”, which has led to these recent drug-pricing scandals.

For the 2017 proxy season, ICCR’s Domestic Health Group has developed a shareholder proposal that asks pharmaceutical companies to: 1) disclose the rates of price increases year-to-year of their top selling branded prescription drugs between 2010 and 2016; 2) disclose the rationale and criteria used for these price increases; and 3) assess the legislative, regulatory, reputational and financial risks they represent for our company.

The following companies will be receiving the proposal: AbbVie; Amgen; Biogen; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Eli Lilly; Gilead; Johnson & Johnson; Merck; Pfizer; Regeneron and Vertex.

Resources:

Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices for Corporations on Domestic Health Issues