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WASHINGTON — President Trump will deliver a speech Thursday afternoon at the Department of Health and Human Services, two administration officials tell STAT.

The exact details of his remarks are still unclear, but an array of lobbyists and experts told STAT the focus would be on high prescription drug costs.


The remarks come on the heels of two major drug pricing wins for the administration. HHS unveiled a proposed regulation last week that would require drug companies to include prices in their TV ads, and earlier in October, Trump signed into law a bill banning gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from telling customers when it’s cheaper to pay cash for a drug rather than using insurance.

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  • The inference from recent Trump and Azar comments that if we could just get other countries to pay more for patent-protected Rx drugs that somehow that would lower US prices is laughable. This is either extremely naive or is a cynical and deceptive attempt to help raise pharma company profits while appearing to be doing the opposite.

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