Drug Pricing Dominates Senate Hearing on HHS Nominee Azar

JILL WECHSLER | January 10, 2018

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If confirmed as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar says that a top priority is to make drugs more affordable. He agreed with members of the Senate Finance Committee at his confirmation hearing January 9 that “drug prices are too high,” but noted that the issue is complex and that “there is no silver bullet here.” And he said he would “work with anyone” to create incentives for bringing down list prices.

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