President Trump promises cheaper prescription drugs

President Trump promises cheaper prescription drugs

Calling his plan "the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drug for the American people", Trump promised "tougher negotiation, more competition and much lower prices at the pharmacy counter". Watching from the crowd was Sen.

By the numbers, the average person in the USA pays about $1,000 a year for prescription drugs.

Some of the administration's longer-term priorities include restricting use of rebates, creating incentives for drug makers to lower list prices in Medicare, and investigating tools to address foreign government practices that it said could be harming innovation and driving up U.S. prices.

That idea has always been supported by Democrats but is a non-starter for drugmakers and most Republicans in Congress.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would evaluate requiring drugmakers to include the list prices they set on medicines in their advertising. American Patients First included a proposal to hold drugmakers accountable for their price increases, which is the subject of several bills in statehouses across the nation.

"Let's assume all of the other countries in the world agreed to pay the same price we do-that doesn't guarantee or assure us that the drug company would lower the price in the USA", said Stephen Shondelmeyer, head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at the University of Minnesota.

Cassidy, who's positioned himself as a leading GOP voice on health care matters, has signed on to a number of legislative efforts to target drug costs. This means that the large generic companies in the United States will see higher competition from the small generic companies. "I'm for transparency, but you have to shed light on the drug manufacturers here too", said Jeff Davis, a senior advisor at the law firm Baker Donelson. "It'd be nice if there was bipartisan congressional support to take sensible steps to reduce drug pricing, but politics obviously complicate matters", Hyman said.

Drugmakers have justified high prices by citing the costs of research and development, implying that the the only country paying to create innovative medicines that then benefit the rest of the world. Unwinding those incentives requires structural changes to the market, Cassidy said.

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It's an approach that avoids a direct confrontation with the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, but it could also underwhelm Americans seeking relief from escalating prescription costs.

"Consumers are ultimately going to be the judge of this announcement", said Dan Mendelson, a health care consultant.

A majority of Americans say passing laws to bring down prescription drug prices should be a "top priority" for Trump and Congress, according to recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But as president he has shied away from major reforms and staffed his administration with appointees who have deep ties to the industry. He also said the pharmaceutical industry is making an "absolute fortune" at the expense of American taxpayers. But the plan released Friday called for only a limited version involving Part D.

A pharmaceutical trade group issued a statement saying the president's plan could limit patient access to medication and stifle innovation. But the administration has spent the past few weeks dropping clues about the policy directions it favors - including a slew of technical proposals that do little to threaten the pharmaceutical industry that would seem to be at greatest risk from any plan to lower drug prices.

Public outrage over drug costs has been growing for years as Americans face pricing pressure from all sides: New medicines for life-threatening diseases often launch with prices exceeding $100,000 per year. "The drug prices have gone through the roof".

"This is a total rip-off, and we are ending it", Mr. Trump said in his speech on Friday. "We are very much eliminating middlemen", Trump said. Polls show health-care costs are.

Proposed Part D reforms would allow greater benefit design flexibility; provide free generic drugs to low-income seniors; require such plans to pass on a minimum percentage of drug rebates with patients; disincentivize plans to accelerate beneficiaries into catastrophic coverage through branded drugs by establishing a new out-of-pocket maximum.

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