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Congress to Trump: Let’s Tackle Drug Pricing in User Fee Reauthorizations | RAPS

As part of a bid to bring down the price of pharmaceuticals in the US, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 33 other House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday seeking a way forward to meet the promises he’s made on the campaign trail and since taking office.

Among the suggestions is to attach drug price lowering provisions to the bill reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, which advanced in the Senate last week and has so far largely remained non-political.

“There is no shortage of possible reforms for us to pursue in the context of the UFAs [user fee agreements],” the representatives wrote. “For example, we could require Medicare to negotiate for the price of drugs, as you have called for. We can work to improve transparency around drug pricing so we can better understand how much drug corporations spend to develop and manufacture their drugs and how much they make in profits from those drugs.”

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Congress to Trump: Let’s Tackle Drug Pricing in User Fee Reauthorizations | RAPS.