Trump signs bills aimed at increasing drug price transparency

11 Octobre, 2018, 20:27 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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"Foreign countries extort lower prices from USA drug-makers for their citizens, subsidized by higher cost prices for American citizens", Trump said at the White House, without mentioning the names of the nations".

On Wednesday, the president signed two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing transparency in prescription pricing.

Both measures, the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, aim to end the drug industry's so-called gag orders of pharmacists, which prevent them from discussing cheaper price options with consumers.

President Trump signed two bills Wednesday meant to keep drug prices low and transparent, emphasizing the importance of keeping drugs affordable.

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The president explained this is part of his administration's work with Congress to provide the health care Americans deserve.

"If there's anything bipartisan it's lowering drug prices", he said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the bills give patients the right to know about ways to pay the lowest price. One bill applies to private health insurance and the other to Medicare. But a recent Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices suggests repeated strong criticism from the president hasn't had much impact.

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