February 14, 2017
Contact: Cindy Hoang, NCL, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 207-2832
Orlando, FL—At an annual meeting of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) (previously the Generic Pharmaceutical Association) in Orlando today, the National Consumers League (NCL) was honored with the prestigious Champions of Access award. Accepting the award on behalf of NCL was Sally Greenberg, who has served as NCL Executive Director since 2007. The inaugural Champions of Access award was presented to Greenberg at #ACCESS17, before an audience of nearly 700 generic industry stakeholders, by AAM President and CEO Chip Davis.
“Partnerships with organizations such as NCL are critical to increasing access to safe, effective and more affordable generic and biosimilar medicines,” said Davis. “We are proud to honor those organizations and individuals who share this commitment and will continue working tirelessly so that more patients and consumers can access the medicine they need at a cost the system can bear. Congratulations to Sally and NCL, true ‘Champions of Access,’ for their work advocating for programs and policies that keep medicines within reach, improving lives and strengthening our economy in turn.”
Greenberg and NCL were recognized for their work advocating for programs and policies that promote low-cost, effective drugs that benefit patients as well as the American healthcare marketplace.
“On behalf of NCL, I am honored to accept this award from AAM,” said Greenberg. “NCL has a long track record of working to ensure access to safe and affordable foods and drugs—beginning with NCL’s work to pass the Food and Drugs Act in 1906, through our work today to ensure that patients have expanded and affordable access to the safe, effective treatments needed to maintain a healthy, positive quality of life.”
NCL has long advocated for availability of generic alternatives to brand name treatments as a cost-saver for Americans. In the United States, generic drugs represent 89 percent of all prescriptions dispensed, but account for only 27 percent of total drug costs. Over the decade from 2006-2015, the use of generic drugs saved the U.S. health care system approximately $1.46 trillion. In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs while receiving the same quality of care, NCL encourages consumers to ask their health care providers if there is a generic version of their prescription available.
For more information about NCL’s work in health, visit www.nclnet.org.
About the National Consumers League
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.