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The 27 senators who sit on the Senate Finance Committee are set to grill seven drug company executives Tuesday morning about high prescription drug prices. STAT spoke with lawmakers in both parties about what they plan to ask, what they hope to hear, and what answers they won’t accept. Below are five major takeaways.

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    • The FDA only has authority over safety and efficacy. They have no say regarding business practices. Pharmaceutical companies have basically a free reign when it comes to drug pricing , price fixing , drug wastage , and starving off generic and biosimilar competition. We need a watchdog agency like NICE in the UK.

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