• STAT+: Lawmakers ask Defense Department about using a controversial maneuver to lower drug prices

    1 month ago - By STAT

    Three years ago, Congress directed the Department of Defense to take steps to lower the cost of medicines discovered with the help of federal funding, but eventually cost Americans substantially more than what is paid in other countries.
    Now, a pair of lawmakers wants to know what, if anything, the department has done to comply with the directive, the latest move to convince federal agencies to use a controversial provision of federal law to lower the cost of certain prescription medicines. Continue to STAT+ to read the full story...
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  • STAT+: Hospitals and pharma are both on the hook to help fund infrastructure deal

    1 month ago - By STAT

    WASHINGTON - Both hospitals and drug makers are on the hook to help pay for the Senate's grand infrastructure bargain, though hospitals scored a big victory in defending their Covid-19 relief dollars.
    A group of senators and the White House announced they had reached a $550 billion agreement to fund traditional infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, public transit, airports and broadband. They turned to health care policy as a piggy bank, proposing cuts to drug makers and hospitals to pay for their wish list, according to a list circulating on Capitol Hill and K Street. The...
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