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Drug Politics Go Republican as Rubio Criticizes Industry

  • Calls some increases by drugmakers `pure profiteering'
  • Rubio responds to question at campaign event Oct. 14
A health educator uses a syringe to take a drop of blood from a man's finger on Sept. 27, 2012, in Washington.

A health educator uses a syringe to take a drop of blood from a man's finger on Sept. 27, 2012, in Washington.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio joined the debate over U.S. drug prices, saying in a speech last week that some practices by the industry amounted to “pure profiteering.”

Criticism of the drug industry has largely been the domain of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who have repeatedly called for new regulations to control the high cost of medicine. Rubio’s comments turn criticism of the industry bipartisan.