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WASHINGTON — A new bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposes a novel solution to the problem of high drug prices: bringing the U.S. government into the drug manufacturing business.

Warren plans to introduce a new bill, the Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act, Tuesday with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) that would mandate the creation of an Office of Drug Manufacturing, which would be tasked with ensuring generic drugs are available to consumers at accessible prices. Among the potential tools at the office’s disposal: making the drugs itself.


The bill comes from two of the most liberal members of Congress and represents the latest and splashiest position Warren — whose name is already being bandied about as a 2020 presidential candidate — has taken on the issue of high drug prices.

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