WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats intend to include several drug pricing policies in their $3.5 trillion partisan push to pass a slew of major Biden administration priorities, according to a framework of the draft package obtained by STAT.
The draft suggests that certain drug pricing provisions could be used to help offset the costs of other, pricier parts of the sweeping proposal, which will include initiatives on clean energy, early childhood tax credits, and expanding safety net programs.
Most of the details on drug pricing are vague, though the draft includes a specific repeal of a pricey initiative advanced by the Trump administration to eliminate the drug rebates that pharmacy middlemen and insurers use to negotiate down the price of certain drugs. Three congressional staffers verified the contents of the draft framework.
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