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Trump Budget to Target Drug Prices, Out-of-Pocket Costs, Azar Says

  • ‘We do think drug prices are too high,’ HHS’s Azar says
  • Drug cost proposals to be included in Trump budget next week
Alex Azar
Alex AzarPhotographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg
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Donald Trump’s health-care chief said he plans to take up the president’s promises to do something about pharmaceutical prices, targeting some of the U.S.’s costliest drugs with proposals to reduce patients’ out-of-pocket spending.

“The president is firmly committed in this space,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing with reporters Thursday. “I am now less than two weeks on the job and have been working a great deal, let’s just say, on these issues already. We do think drug prices are too high.”