Medicines360 Proudly Supports the Expanding Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices Act

This week, Senator Jacky Rosen introduced a bill that would make it easier for nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations in the United States to achieve their potential. The bill is called the Expanding Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices Act. Medicines360 proudly supports this legislation.

Sometimes, traditional pharmaceutical models fail to bring necessary drugs to market or bring drugs to market at unaffordable prices that keep them out of reach for the patients who need them. In certain cases, nonprofits pharmaceutical organizations have stepped in, introducing new products or new distribution models.

Nonprofit pharmaceutical companies offer a pro-competitive solution that is complementary to the traditional for-profit sector. Without the need to maximize profits for shareholders, nonprofits can focus on medicines and patients that have not been addressed under the existing model.

Despite the promise of nonprofit models, the current pharmaceutical policy environment was built around traditional for-profit companies. Right now, it’s difficult for nonprofits to unleash their full potential to make drugs more affordable and more accessible.

Waxman Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, outlined the unique challenges facing nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations in a white paper published earlier this year. As the first nonprofit to market a pharmaceutical product in the United States, Medicines360 has experienced many of these challenges first-hand. We’re excited to see some important barriers addressed in this legislation.

This bill would clear the path for nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations by:

  • Establishing funding in the form of cooperative agreements and loans for nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations to research, develop, and manufacture drugs and devices that are deemed essential or urgently needed to address a public health need
  • Clarifying that nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations are able to qualify for federal tax exemption
  • Removing barriers to market entry by waiving FDA user fees for nonprofit pharmaceutical companies
  • Allowing the FDA to prioritize product applications submitted by nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations when they commit to offering those products at significantly lower prices than comparable products.

Together, these changes would give nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations a better chance to fulfill their missions to make medicines more accessible at lower costs. This bill is a critical first step. Medicines360 thanks Senator Rosen for her leadership on this issue and calls on Congress to support the Expanding Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices Act.

About Medicines360

Located in San Francisco, California, Medicines360 is a global nonprofit pharmaceutical organization with a mission to accelerate the timeline from health innovation to access for all women. Medicines360 is committed to working with healthcare providers, advocacy groups, and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help women around the world have greater access to the medicines they need. For more information, visit

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Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, FACOG

Chief Executive Officer

Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, is CEO of Medicines360. Previously, she served as a senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and the research director of the Women’s Health Research Institute. She is a Board-Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist who received her medical training at the University of California, San Diego, and post-graduate residency training and MPH at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship. She was also senior staff physician at Kaiser Permanente and has a special interest in family planning and adolescent reproductive health.

As the director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, Dr. Raine-Bennett focused on expanding research on women’s health within the Division and translating women’s health research into clinical practice and policy within the Ob/Gyn departments in Northern California. She also promoted the involvement of clinicians in research designed to improve the health outcomes and healthcare experiences of women at Kaiser Permanente and women in general.

Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Raine-Bennett was a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was based at San Francisco General Hospital where she was also the medical director of the New Generation Health Center, a UCSF affiliate site that provides community-based reproductive health services. Dr. Raine-Bennett’s research has focused on contraceptive methods and on elucidating factors that influence contraceptive choice and continuation, and she was principal investigator on NIH grants to assess hormonal contraceptive use predictors and develop interventions to improve contraceptive access.

Her past and current research on emergency contraception has focused on the safety of making emergency contraception more accessible and she conducted a pivotal clinical trial to make emergency contraception available to teens without a prescription. She served on the editorial board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Society of Family Planning and Society of Family Planning Research Fund. She has also served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and on national committees for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Medical Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.