21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law, Improves U.S. National Mental Health Efforts

| December 13, 2016

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Sounds like pharmaceutical companies’ lobbying efforts — money that supports both parties — on Capitol Hill were very successful. My sources in these companies tell me they are very happy with the final bill, which is ultimately bad for taxpayers as drug prices continue to skyrocket. Unless these companies do something to combat this problem soon, they are likely to face an ugly backlash from consumers. The legislation does not include provisions to to rein in prescription drug prices, a significant victory for the pharmaceutical industry. Consultants to the industry said that drug makers had kept a low profile in their lobbying on the legislation, knowing that any conversations on Capitol Hill could turn quickly to drug prices.

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