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The Department of Health and Human Services has not updated the databases that show the public how much money the government is paying for drugs, hospitals and physicians.

The database has been instrumental for researchers, journalists and non-profit groups who keep tabs on trends in drug prices and abuses by physicians, and was considered to be a step toward transparency and accountability for an industry that historically keeps its prices in the dark.

Although President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised “one of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs” because drug companies are “getting away with murder,” critics say the dashboard’s dormancy helps the drug industry avoid new scrutiny.

“Drug corporations are thrilled to have this tool be out of date,” said Ben Wakana, executive director of Patients for Affordable Drugs, and a former HHS spokesman under President Barack Obama. “If this administration is serious about transparency and serious about holding drug companies accountable, they should update this tool tomorrow.”

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