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Biden Calls Drugs ‘Outrageously Expensive,’ Prods Senate to Act

  • President says his Build Back Better plan would lower costs
  • Biden would penalize drugmakers for large price increases
President Joe Biden speaks on prescription drug pricing in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 6. 

President Joe Biden speaks on prescription drug pricing in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 6. 

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden said prescription drug prices in the U.S. are excessively high and that his expansive tax and spending bill would help lower costs, as he prodded the Senate to pass the legislation.

“We can agree that prescription drugs are outrageously expensive in this country,” Biden said Monday at the White House. “It doesn’t need to be that way.”