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House Appropriations Committee Proposes 6% Increase in FDA Funding

The House Appropriations Committee proposed a 2020 draft fiscal year funding bill. The FDA would receive a 6 percent increase in discretionary funding over 2019, amounting to a $184 million bump.

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U.S. states accuse 20 drugmakers of price fixing

U.S. states filed a lawsuit accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. of orchestrating a sweeping scheme with 19 other drug companies to inflate drug prices – sometimes by more than 1,000 percent – and stifle competition for generic drugs, state prosecutors said.

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Trump slams drugmakers, vows to let U.S. states buy cheaper medicines abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump slammed the pharmaceutical industry for high prices of prescription drugs and vowed to allow U.S. states to buy medicines from other countries if they cost less.

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U.S. finalizes rule requiring drug prices in TV spots

The Trump administration will require drugmakers to disclose the list price of prescription drugs in DTC TV advertisements, part of the government’s efforts to lower costs for U.S. consumers.

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The obscure advisory committees at the heart of the U.S. drug pricing debate

Expectations were high during 2018 for three new migraine drugs hitting the market from Amgen Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Priced around $7,000 each, the drugmakers called them “breakthrough” treatments designed to prevent migraines when taken year-round, and estimated that millions of patients could benefit. But a small group of medical experts who quietly advise U.S. health insurers on new drugs was not impressed, according to a private meeting held at UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx offices in Chicago that was attended by Reuters.

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Trump urges Americans to get measles vaccine

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Americans to protect themselves with the measles vaccination as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease hit the highest levels in the United States since 2000.

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Trump Holding Big Pharma Accountable In Opioid Fight

U.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.

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After drug distributor charged, Trump sets speech on opioid fight

President Donald Trump is expected to tout his fight against opioid abuse in remarks in Atlanta a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.

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Swiss drugmaker Roche ups outlook as sales growth offsets price hit

Roche lifted the Swiss drugmaker’s 2019 outlook as sales growth in China and the United States outpaced price declines the company has suffered amid President Donald Trump’s pressure on the industry to hold down charges.

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Bernie Sanders puts focus on healthcare with Medicare for All bill

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled the latest version of his ambitious “Medicare-for-All” plan, moving the healthcare debate among Democratic presidential contenders to center stage in the 2020 race.

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