AARP Applauds Energy and Commerce Committee for Action on CREATES Act and the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019

Posted on 04/04/19 by Jamie Bulen

prescription drugs 2

The following is a statement from AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond on the approval of two bills endorsed by AARP: Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act (H.R. 965) and the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019 (H.R. 1499).

“AARP thanks the House Energy and Commerce Committee for approving the bipartisan CREATES Act, sponsored by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Peter Welch (D-VT), and David B. McKinley (R-WV). The CREATES Act closes loopholes to stop drug companies from blocking the development of lower-cost generic drugs.

“AARP also thanks the Committee for moving forward on the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019, sponsored by Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL). This bill would ban pay-for-delay deals that allow brand-name drug makers to continue price gouging consumers by blocking access to less expensive generic medicines.

“Brand-name drug companies want to stifle generic competition to protect their monopolies and profits. AARP believes that eliminating these deliberate anticompetitive behaviors will result in a more robust generic drug market and greater savings for both patients and taxpayers. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that legislation such as the CREATES Act could save taxpayers more than $3 billion over a decade, and the FTC estimated pay-for-delay deals cost consumers and taxpayers $3.5 billion a year.

“AARP applauds the committee and Congressional leaders for standing together in a bipartisan manner to help take real steps to tackle our national crisis of high drug prices. We urge Congress to enact these bills to increase competition and the availability of less expensive generic drugs.”

More from AARP in Manchester

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Manchester
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner