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Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countries | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Merck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on lower prices in other countries would face legal challenges if adopted.

FILE PHOTO: Ken Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co., speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York in New York City, U.S., October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. President Donald Trump said last year that one way his administration would seek to lower drug costs to consumers could be through an international pricing index (IPI) that would determine what Medicare pays for certain medicines based on the prices set in a handful of other countries. A proposed version of the rule is expected in August.

Other developed nations with single payer systems typically pay far less for drugs than the United States, which Trump called “global freeloading.”

“I think there will be challenges to the rule,” Frazier told reporters following the drugmaker’s investor day in New York. “A lot of people have objections to that rule. It’s not just pharmaceutical companies.”

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