Leigh Purvis, MPA

Director, Health Services Research

Areas of Expertise

Prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs, and Medicare prescription drug coverage

Lee Purvis, AARP

Leigh Purvis, MPA


Leigh Purvis is the director of health services research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). She leads a team of policy analysts and researchers who work on health care issues that are relevant to the 50-plus population. In addition, Leigh heads the institute’s work on prescription drug and mental health issues. Her primary areas of expertise are prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs, and prescription drug coverage. Leigh is a coauthor of PPI’s Rx Price Watch reports, which track price trends for prescription drugs widely used by older Americans.

Leigh joined AARP in 2005 as a policy research senior analyst. Before joining AARP, she worked for the American Psychological Association. She is a recognized expert on prescription drug issues and frequently speaks with the press.

Leigh has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in health administration and policy from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington. She also holds a certificate in gerontology from the University of Washington.

In Her Words

“Among the senior population, there’s often a troubling dynamic between high prescription drug costs and a need to forego other basic necessities, says Leigh Purvis, AARP senior strategic policy advisor and report co-author.” (In B. Mannino, “Hard to Swallow: Drug
Prices for Seniors Jump 26%
,” FoxBusiness.com, March 30, 2012,

Selected Publications

L. Purvis, “Biologics in Perspective: The New Biosimilar Approval Pathway,” Fact Sheet, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, October 2011.

L. Purvis, “Medicare Part D Open Enrollment for 2014: Popular Plans Continue to Evolve,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, December 2013.

S. W. Schondelmeyer and L. Purvis, “Trends in Retail Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans 2006 to 2013,” Rx Price Watch Report, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, November 2014.


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