Patients for Affordable Drugs Action has launched a new TV ad attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin for doubling the price of a life-saving cancer treatment drug while serving as CEO of pharmaceutical giant Celgene.
The ad, “Alive,” is set to begin airing today and run through August 23. It is part of a $1.5 million expenditure by the Super PAC that criticizes Hugin for earning more than $100 million while watching some cancer patients go into debt.
The script: Blood cancer patients need this pill to stay alive. The price to make it — around $1. The price to buy it — more than $600. Bob Hugin was that drug company’s CEO. He doubled the price. And blocked cheaper generics. Forcing people into debt just to stay alive. That helped make Bob Hugin more than a hundred million dollars. Now he wants us to make him Senator? We can’t afford to.