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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Drug price hearing
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)says his committee will hold a hearing today with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, to examine President Trump’s drug pricing blueprint: “Biomedical research has made it possible to cure Hepatitis C, prevent migraines, and stop a stroke, but it is important that patients are able to afford these miracle drugs. The cost of prescription drugs is a complex problem and the Administration has laid out a comprehensive plan to help address that problem. I welcome the President’s leadership to put patients first, and look forward to hearing more about the blueprint from Secretary Azar and learning how Congress can help reduce the cost of prescription drugs.” The pharmaceutical industry spent about $3.5 billion on television ads last year and none of those ads mentioned drug prices. President Trump has proposed that ads include mandatory pricing information along with risk issues and other educational information. The strategy laid out by Trump as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was fairly straightforward in that consumers deserved to understand how much advertised drugs cost in the name of transparency. The idea is that if Merck pharmaceuticals is required to say in its ads that Keytruda will cost $150,000 for a year's supply, it will be embarrassed by that high price tag and decrease the cost. This will be the committee’s fourth in a series of hearings on the price of prescription drugs.


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