Millions of people are missing the medicines they need either because they are too expensive or they simply don’t exist…

Why don’t we have the medicines people need at prices they can afford?

Spiralling drug prices are creating unsustainable pressures on patients and health systems around the world, including the NHS, which is spending more and more on medicines every year. Effective but expensive drugs are being rationed or rejected by the NHS and patients are increasingly being forced to crowdfund to pay for them. 

Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world. While big pharmaceutical companies profit from high priced medicines, more and more people are having to live without access to affordable drugs both here in the UK and around the world.

With profit as the primary driver, the current health innovation system ratchets up prices but also leads to severe under-investment in less profitable medicines. This explains the lack of new treatments for diseases that affect low and middle income countries, and the crisis arising from the failure to develop new antibiotics.

Furthermore we are not getting the quality of new meds we need as it is more profitable for pharmaceutical companies to tweak existing medicines than to invest in medicines that truly represent therapeutic advance. The majority of big pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing, lobbying and buying back their own shares (to boost their shareholder value) than on research that could help improve and save lives.



TB Patient Story

Now I have accepted that I have to live with MDR TB for almost two years, I try not to stress much! I just want to get ovet it and move on with my life because this disease has stopped my plans of continuing to be involved with my TV commercials and plans I had of travelling to Johannesburg.

Nikiwe Gwebani

23 years old

Access to Insulin

My name is Mbolonzi, and I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in July 2013 when I was 29 years old. I lost too much weight, my skin had become so dry, I took much water, maybe up to 5 litres in day. I also frequented the washrooms more than ever before and I woke up tired every morning.


31 years old