DRUGS/PHARMA/MEDIA/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “The drug companies are going crazy putting up nasty ads against me asking to ‘withdraw my Favored Nation’s Executive Order’. They don’t want the U.S. to have the lowest drug prices in the world, but we now will. Big reductions coming. No other politician would do this!!!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, […]

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2020 ELECTION/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you Randy, working hard to clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax! RT @RandyRRQuaid Never underestimate The greatest President this country has ever had. Trump is an astonishing man of the people, fighting for all of us, not Big Pharma! #AmericaFirst #KAG #TrumpPence2020 #StopTheSteaI2020“ [Editor’s Note: Twitter included […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/FDA/MEDIA/PHARMA/QUOTE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VACCINES: “‘President Trump told us for some time we would be getting a Vaccine by the end of the year and people laughed at him, and here we are with Pfizer getting FDA approval by the end of this month. He was right.’ @MariaBartiromo“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 10, 2020 2:01 am […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/ECONOMY/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VACCINES: “Nothing! RT @marklevinshow 1. Phony Joe Biden. Joe Biden is truly an ambulance chaser.  He had nothing to do with the vaccine that is about to be made available to the public, he had nothing to do with the manufacturing process that is already underway, 2. and he had nothing to […]

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2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/FDA/PHARMA/VACCINES: “As I have long said, @Pfizer and the others would only announce a Vaccine after the Election, because they didn’t have the courage to do it before. Likewise, the @US_FDA should have announced it earlier, not for political purposes, but for saving lives!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 9, 2020 1:40 pm […]

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2020 ELECTION/CHINA/CORRUPTION/JOE BIDEN/LOBBYING/PHARMA: “Joe Biden is a corrupt politician who has done nothing but betray you for 47 long years – selling out to lobbyists, China, big pharma & foreign countries. He will stab you in the back. He only cares about political power & he will use that power to hurt you & enrich […]

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2020 ELECTION/HEALTHCARE/JOE BIDEN/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “As president, I’ll protect and build on Obamacare by: – Giving Americans the choice to buy a new public option – Lowering premiums, deductibles, and co-pays – Standing up to prescription drug corporations We’re going to make sure every American has access to the care they need.“ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, October 17, […]

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CHINA/EDUCATION/FEMA/INFRASTRUCTURE/OBAMA/PHARMA/PUERTO RICO: “Today, I announced two of the LARGEST grants in history to Puerto Rico to rebuild its electrical grid system and education system. My Administration will be awarding $13 BILLION through FEMA – the largest obligations of funding ever awarded… …Obama killed the pharmaceutical manufacturing business in Puerto Rico. We are bringing it back […]

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DRUGS/FAKE NEWS/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/MEDICARE/PHARMA: “I am SUBSTANTIALLY LOWERING MEDICARE PREMIUMS. Have instituted Favored Nations Clause and Rebates on Drug Companies. Never been done before. Drug companies are hitting me with Fake Ads, just like sleepy Joe. Be careful! Drug prices will be reduced massively, and soon.“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 17, 2020 2:03 am […]

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2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/FDA/PHARMA/VACCINES: “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 22, […]

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DEMS/DRUGS/PHARMA: “With what I am doing in the fight with the Drug Companies, drug prices will be coming down 50, 60, and even 70 per cent. The Democrats are fighting hard to stop me with big ad buys, plus. Likewise, Big Pharma. FAVORED NATIONS AND REBATES ARE BRINGING PRICES DOWN NOW. We will win!“ ––Donald […]

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DRUGS/MEDIA/MEDICARE/PHARMA: “Drug companies, which are being forced by me to substantially reduce Drug Prices, are taking $millions in ads saying I want to increase Medicare Primiums. Wrong, just the opposite! These ads show DRUG PRICES ARE GOING DOWN, and they are not happy! False advertising!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 13, 2020 3:56 am […]

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DRUGS/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/MEDICARE/PHARMA: “Big Pharma is taking ads against me because I am MASSIVELY lowering your drug prices, which is obviously not good for them. Medicare premiums will also be going down. I am the first President to take them on. Don’t fall for their false ads. Biden plan is for very big increases!“ ––Donald Trump, […]

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DRUGS/MEDIA/PHARMA: “When you see the Drug Companies taking massive television ads against me, forget what they say (which is false), YOU KNOW THAT DRUG PRICES ARE COMING DOWN, BIG. Favored Nations Clause means USA will pay the lowest price of any nation in the World. Never done before. Watch!!!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 2, 2020 […]

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DRUGS/MEDIA/PHARMA: “Drug prices will soon be lowered massively. Big Pharma (Drug Companies) are advertising against me like crazy because lower prices mean less profit. When you watch a Fake Ad, just think lower drug prices!!!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 30, 2020 3:44 am […]

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JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/OBAMA/PHARMA: “The drug companies are spending millions of dollars in advertising against me, only because I am lowering drug prices massively, 50% and more! Biden and Obama said they would do this for eight years, but never did… …With Biden, drug prices will quadruple! After many years, the game is finally up for Big […]

Read More… from 7/29/2020


MEDIA/PHARMA/SENIORS: “Big Pharma is taking television ads trying to make the case that I am raising prescription drug prices on seniors. The ad is a lie! What I have done will lead to a 50% REDUCTION in prices, at least, & Big Pharma is not happy about it. No other President would…. ….be able to […]

Read More… from 7/28/2020


NAFTA/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Brand-name drug manufacturers were one of the earliest supporters of the new North American trade deal, but now the industry’s prized provision is in danger of being weakened as President Donald Trump tries to get the agreement through Congress. The NAFTA replacement deal would provide 10 years of market exclusivity for biologic […]

Read More… from 10/18/2019


DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/MEDICARE/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump charged Thursday [10-3-19] without evidence that the pharmaceutical industry was behind House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings, suggesting it was payback for his administration’s effort to lower drug costs…The president was speaking at a Florida event to sign an executive order aimed at beefing up Medicare and its offshoot […]

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CANADA/DRUGS/FDA/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration said on Wednesday [7-31-19] that it was taking steps to make it easier to import less expensive prescription drugs from other countries, particularly Canada. The move has long been supported by progressives but has encountered fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. The proposal would permit pilot programs developed by […]

Read More… from 7/31/2019


CANADA/DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took a step Wednesday [7-31-19] toward allowing importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans, but the pharmaceutical industry was quick to resist the move. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it […]

Read More… from 7/31/2019


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Merck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday [6-20-19] a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on lower prices in other countries would face legal challenges if adopted. U.S. President Donald Trump said last year that one way his […]

Read More… from 6/20/2019


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday [5-8-19] that requires drugmakers to disclose prices in television ads, despite skepticism the move will lower the high cost of drugs and concerns that sticker shock will frighten patients into going off their medications. Under the rule, which takes effect in 60 days, manufacturers must […]

Read More… from 5/8/2019


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump, after a week devoted to criticizing the Mueller report and investigations by congressional Democrats, turned on Wednesday [4-24-19] to a policy matter, vowing to ‘smash the grip of addiction’ caused by the opioid epidemic. Addressing a conference of health  professionals and addiction specialists in Atlanta, Mr. Trump promised to provide […]

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PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Drug prices declined in 2018, the first time in nearly half a century. During the first 19 months of my Administration, Americans saved $26 Billion on prescription drugs. Our policies to get cheaper generic drugs to market are working!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 11, 2019 6:21 pm […]

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HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has summoned top officials for a White House meeting on drug prices, frustrated over a new round of price hikes after Trump promised to lower pharmaceutical costs, two individuals with knowledge told POLITICO. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett and acting […]

Read More… from 1/8/2019


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pfizer is planning to raise prices on 41 drugs in January, a few months after the company agreed to defer hikes under heavy pressure from President Donald Trump. The manufacturer said Friday it would raise the list price of all but four of the drugs by 5%, effective January 15. Three drugs […]

Read More… from 11/16/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Drug giant Pfizer announced on Friday [11-15-16] it will increase the list prices of 41 medicines in January, just months after it agreed to temporarily roll back price hikes under pressure from President Donald Trump. Pfizer’s new price increases, which take effect Jan. 15, will apply to 10 percent of its portfolio, […]

Read More… from 11/16/2018


DEMS/DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is already signaling one area where he might reach across the aisle if Democrats take control of the House in 2019. ‘If there is anything bipartisan, it’s lowering drug prices,’ Trump said Wednesday, while signing two drug price transparency bills. Taking action has broad populist appeal, resonating with the […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Vowing to put American patients first, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday blasted the pharmaceutical industry for not doing enough to bring down drug prices and announced what he called ‘historic action’: a proposal requiring drug manufacturers to include the list price of any drug paid for by […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will require drug companies to post their list prices in consumer ads under a proposal to be announced next week — a prominent part of its drug price agenda, according to four individuals with knowledge of the plan. The move — which follows months of battles between the administration, […]

Read More… from 10/12/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Americans deserve to know the lowest drug price at their pharmacy, but ‘gag clauses’ prevent your pharmacist from telling you! I support legislation that will remove gag clauses and urge the Senate to act. #AmericanPatientsFirst” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 17, 2018 1:10 pm […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great to see the Senate working on solutions to end the secrecy around ridiculously high drug prices, something I called for in my drug pricing Blueprint. Will now work with the House to help American patients! #AmericanPatientsFirst” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 24, 2018 7:40 pm […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to Novartis for not increasing your prices on prescription drugs. Likewise to Pfizer. We are making a big push to actually reduce the prices, maybe substantially, on prescription drugs.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 19, 2018 5:23 am […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Novartis, the Swiss drugmaker, said Wednesday [7-18-18] that it would not raise prices on its products in the United States for the rest of 2018, joining Pfizer, which delayed its increases last week after President Trump singled out the company for criticism. Novartis’s chief executive, Vas Narasimhan, said during an earnings call […]

Read More… from 7/18/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason. They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves, while at the same time giving bargain basement prices to other countries in Europe & elsewhere. We will respond!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July […]

Read More… from 7/9/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump in May said that drugmakers would soon announce ‘massive’ price cuts, and his administration rolled out a plan to bring down the cost of medicines. But the companies don’t appear to have gotten that message. Bayer raised the price of two cancer drugs by hundreds of dollars in May […]

Read More… from 7/3/2018


PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “With the #RightToTry Law I signed today, patients with life threatening illnesses will finally have access to experimental treatments that could improve or even cure their conditions. These are experimental treatments and products that have shown great promise… https://t.co/FIUwhpUpoL” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 30, 2018 12:11 pm […]

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DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [5-3018] said he expects major drug companies to slash prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or the means by which they would provide such reductions…A Health and Human Services Department (HHS) spokeswoman said the agency […]

Read More… from 5/30/2018


DRUGS/MEDICARE/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration hit back on Monday [5-14-18] against critics of President Trump’s plan to reduce prescription drug prices, saying his ideas would be far more effective than remedies championed by Democrats. Democrats have long supported two proposals that Mr. Trump endorsed during the 2016 presidential campaign. The government, they say, should […]

Read More… from 5/14/2018


DRUGS/MEDICARE/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is considering expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate the cost of drugs by giving private payers a role in setting the price of medicines administered in hospitals and doctors’ offices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday [5-14-18]. Azar’s comments provided more details on the plan announced […]

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DEMS/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/PHARMA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A key Democratic senator is joining at least one other lawmaker Friday [5-11-18] in requesting that pharmaceutical giant Novartis turn over documents relating to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has sent a […]

Read More… from 5/11/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, my Administration is launching the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American People. We will have tougher negotiation, more competition, and much lower prices at the pharmacy counter! https://t.co/xdakX43a4d” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 11, 2018 2:30 pm […]

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DRUGS/HEALTHCARE/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday [5-11-18] blasted drugmakers and healthcare ‘middlemen’ for making prescription drugs unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as experts said the administration avoided taking aggressive and direct measures to cut drug prices. Trump said his administration would take aim at the ‘middlemen’ in the drug industry […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [5-10-18] plans to outline a series of initiatives aimed at curbing drug prices, unveiling a blueprint to drive down costs amid complaints that Washington has done little to address the issue. The speech, which has been twice delayed, is spurring skepticism from industry experts and Democrats who […]

Read More… from 5/10/2018


PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has postponed a speech on lowering prescription drug prices previously scheduled for Thursday 4-26-18] to a date in the near future, the White House said on Sunday [4-25-18].The White House did not provide a date or time frame for when the speech would take place, and did not […]

Read More… from 4/23/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: RT @WhiteHouse: The opioid crisis has created stories of despair of shock, but also stories of recovery & hope. President Trump is asking every Americans to share their story to overcome stigma, & begin to fight against the Crisis Next Door. –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Mar. 19, 2018 05:38pm […]

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DRUGS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s plan to fight the opioid epidemic will call for the death penalty in some cases, White House officials said Sunday [3-18-18], scaling back the administration’s plan to punish drug dealers. ‘The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers when appropriate under current law,’ said […]

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DRUGS/GOP/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is finalizing a long-awaited plan that it says will solve the opioid crisis, but it also calls for law enforcement measures — like the death penalty for some drug dealers — that public health advocates and congressional Republicans warn will detract from efforts to reverse the epidemic. The ambitious […]

Read More… from 3/15/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/POLITICS: “A panel that advises the White House on cancer policy said urgent action is needed to curb a dramatic rise in the price of cancer drugs, which can cost more than $100,000 a year and mean thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket payments for many patients… The panel broadly recommended that drug companies should be […]

Read More… from 3/13/2018


DEMS/DRUGS/GOP/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are pressing ahead with an array of opioid-related efforts in coming weeks, teeing up bills and spending measures, while Democrats are calling the GOP actions belated and insufficient. On Thursday [3-8-18], a bipartisan group of governors will testify before the Senate Health Committee on opioid […]

Read More… from 3/8/2018


DRUGS/FDA/HHS/PHARMA/SCOTT GOTTLIEB: “Scrutiny of prescription drug prices isn’t going away, no matter how badly investors wish that it might. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, laid out the flaws in how drugs are priced in the U.S. in a speech on Wednesday [3-7-18] before a health-insurance trade group… Excessive market concentration among […]

Read More… from 3/7/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Together, we will face this challenge as a national family with conviction, with unity, and with a commitment to love and support our neighbors in times of dire need. Working together, we will defeat this #OpioidEpidemic. Full Opioid Summit: https://t.co/qqfeVr4BBf https://t.co/oFvr0DJMEf” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Mar. 1, 2018 04:31pm […]

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DRUGS/FDA/HHS/PHARMA: “In an effort to encourage new treatments for opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The change is part of a wider effort to expand access to so-called medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. The agency […]

Read More… from 2/25/2018


DRUGS/HOUSE OF REPS/PHARMA: “House Republicans will begin a series of legislative hearings next week as the first step in an effort to pass bipartisan bills tackling the opioid crisis. The plan from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will hold the first hearing on Feb. 28, will likely require additional funding from Congress, lawmakers […]

Read More… from 2/20/2018


DRUGS/LOBBYING/PHARMA: “Five manufacturers of opioid painkillers gave nearly $9 million between 2012 and 2017 to patient advocacy groups and other nonprofits that have a history of promoting opioid use, according to a probe by the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Those same firms gave more than $1.6 million to […]

Read More… from 2/12/2018


DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to Sue Kruczek, who lost her wonderful and talented son Nick to the Opioid scourge, for your kind words while on @foxandfriends. We are fighting this terrible epidemic hard – Nick will not have died in vain!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 12, 2018 07:54am […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “White House deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll, who has served in that role for nearly three months, is expected to leave the White House to helm the Office of National Drug Control Policy, two sources with knowledge of the decision told CNN Friday [2-9-18]. Carroll, a White House lawyer who quietly became […]

Read More… from 2/9/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is backing a set of actions aimed at lowering prescription-drug costs, including a cap on the dollar amount that American seniors pay each year for expensive prescription drugs. The administration wasn’t specific about the dollar amount for the drug cap, and some of the proposals would require congressional action. […]

Read More… from 2/9/2018


DRUGS/LEGAL/PHARMA: “A federal judge is pushing for a swift resolution to hundreds of lawsuits filed by cities and counties over the opioid crisis, saying Tuesday [1-9-18] that too many people are dying each year from opioid abuse. ‘I don’t think anyone in the country is interested in a whole lot of finger pointing at this […]

Read More… from 1/9/2018


CRISIS/DRUGS/LEGAL/PHARMA: “Citing a spike in overdose deaths, growing demands for drug treatment and a strained budget, officials here in Summit County filed a lawsuit late Wednesday [12-20-17] against companies that make or distribute prescription opioids. On Monday, Smith County in Tennessee did the same. And on Tuesday, nine cities and counties in Michigan announced similar […]

Read More… from 12/20/2017


DRUGS/PHARMA/POLITICS/TAXES: “A tax overhaul bill being hammered into its final form by Senate and House Republicans is all but certain to cut tax credits designed to encourage development of ‘orphan drugs’ meant to treat rare diseases afflicting limited numbers of patients. Since 1983, a federal law has allowed fledgling companies to write off 50% of […]

Read More… from 12/8/2017


FDA/PHARMA/SCOTT GOTTLIEB: “The Food and Drug Administration plans to allow quick approval of some cancer drugs if they show early and ‘outsized’ survival benefits for patients even in small studies, the FDA’s commissioner said Thursday [11-30-17]. Scott Gottlieb told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health that the agency expects to see this situation […]

Read More… from 11/30/2017


DRUGS/HHS/NOMINATIONS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive who Republicans have nominated to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday [11-29-17] promised to lower drug prices that he said are too high, saying he would look at abuse of patent laws that delays generic competition. Azar, who worked at […]

Read More… from 11/29/2017


DRUGS/HHS/NOMINATIONS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump tweeted Monday [11-13-17] that his nominee for HHS secretary, Alex Azar will ‘be a star for … lower drug prices!’ But the record of the former top executive for Eli Lilly, which tripled the price of a top-selling insulin drug while he led its U.S. operation, suggests a different […]

Read More… from 11/14/2017


DRUGS/PHARMA: “Thank you to all Americans who participated in Nat’l Rx Drug Take Back Day. A record amount of drugs collected & disposed. We can do this!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 04:50pm […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Officials in multiple U.S. states are seeking to substantially expand a lawsuit accusing generic-drug companies of colluding to fix prices, including new allegations that high-ranking executives at two companies were directly involved. Attorneys general in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico filed a motion in federal court in […]

Read More… from 10/31/2017


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP MEMORANDA: “Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis.. It shall be the policy of the United States to use all lawful means to combat the drug demand and opioid crisis currently afflicting our country. Individuals, families, and communities across the United States continue […]

Read More… from 10/26/2017


CALIFORNIA/DRUGS/PHARMA: “California’s governor has signed a bill into law that requires pharmaceutical companies to give notice and reason for price increases of certain drugs, placing the state at the center of the national debate over costs over prescription drugs’ costs. The law, which drew bipartisan legislative support and Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown signed Monday [10-9-17], […]

Read More… from 10/9/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “The health insurance industry, after cautiously watching Republican health care efforts for months, came out forcefully on Wednesday [9-20-17] against the Senate’s latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that its state-by-state block grants could create health care chaos in the short term and a Balkanized, uncertain insurance market. In the face […]

Read More… from 9/20/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA/TAXES: “Insurers are making final decisions about their Obamacare rates for next year. So far, it looks as if many of them will be building in an uncertainty tax… Two themes stick out: One is that, while insurance premiums will rise substantially in many cities, the increases are generally not bigger than they were last […]

Read More… from 8/10/2017


HEALTHCARE/HHS/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Major health insurers in some states are seeking increases as high as 30% or more for premiums on 2018 Affordable Care Act plans, according to new federal data that provide the broadest view so far of the turmoil across exchanges as companies try to anticipate Trump administration policies. Big insurers in Idaho, West Virginia, […]

Read More… from 8/1/2017


GOP/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Senate Republicans’ failure to pass their limited health bill is a relief for health insurers, but it leaves the companies struggling with increasingly urgent questions as they make decisions about participating in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Insurers had already been pressing for legislation aimed at stabilizing the marketplaces, an idea that is likely […]

Read More… from 7/28/2017


CRIME/DRUGS/PHARMA: “The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee expanded a probe into the opioid addiction crisis, asking four more drug companies and three drug distributors to provide documents. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D.-Mo.) sent letters Wednesday [7-26-17] to drugmakers Mallinckrodt PLC, Endo International PLC, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Allergan PLC, […]

Read More… from 7/27/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Anthem Inc said it may exit more individual Obamacare markets as the future of the national healthcare law and the government subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans remain up in the air. Republican lawmakers are in the midst of a freewheeling debate to craft a bill that would end Obamacare, but […]

Read More… from 7/26/2017


DRUGS/LOBBYING/PHARMA/POLITICS: “Two federal investigations — one examining opioid sales, another about a multiple sclerosis drug whose price had soared to $34,000 a vial — were only part of the troubles Mallinckrodt faced as the year began. The stock of the drug maker, whose United States headquarters are in St. Louis, was tanking. Wall Street worried […]

Read More… from 7/21/2017


JOBS/PHARMA: “Billions of dollars in investments & thousands of new jobs in America! An initiative via Corning, Merck & Pfizer: https://t.co/QneN48bSiq https://t.co/5VtMfuY3PM” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 20, 2017 10:31pm […]

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DRUGS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [7-20-17] announced a $500 million investment that Corning Inc is making with pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer to manufacture a new kind of glass for injectable drug vials. At a White House event, Trump said the effort will create nearly 1,000 jobs at facilities in New York […]

Read More… from 7/20/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Fresh from battling the White House and Republicans in Congress over a now-sidelined repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s hospitals are ramping up for a new fight to keep lucrative pharmaceutical subsidies. A Trump administration proposal that could take effect in 2018 would cut a subsidy Medicare has given certain hospitals for […]

Read More… from 7/19/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: “Two major U.S. health insurance groups on Friday [7-14-17] called on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to drop from a healthcare bill a provision proposed by Senator Ted Cruz that allows insurers to offer stripped-down, low-cost healthcare plans. ‘It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing […]

Read More… from 7/14/2017


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Senate Republican leaders on Monday [6-26-17] unveiled a new provision in their health bill designed to prod people to maintain their insurance coverage, a tweak made after insurers had complained an initial version of the legislation threatened to undermine the individual insurance market. But industry officials say it isn’t clear how much the new […]

Read More… from 6/27/2017


GOP/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PHARMA: “Anthem Inc. (ANTM -1.37%) said it believes that the Senate Republicans’ health bill will bolster the individual insurance market, an endorsement for the legislation as many other insurers have suggested it could undermine the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. In a statement, Anthem said it believed the bill ‘will markedly improve the […]

Read More… from 6/26/2017


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP PEOPLE/TOM PRICE: “Five years ago, Vivitrol was a treatment for opioid addiction that was struggling to find a market. Now, its sales and profile are rising fast, thanks to its manufacturers’ shrewd use of political connections, and despite scant science to prove the drug’s efficacy. Last month, the health and human services secretary, Tom […]

Read More… from 6/11/2017


DRUGS/PHARMA: “U.S. sales of blockbuster prostate-cancer drugs have dropped sharply since the start of a federal investigation into charities that help patients pay for these drugs, a sign of how much the pharmaceutical industry relies on these foundations to support revenue. Drugmakers donate hundreds of millions of dollars a year to charities that help U.S. […]

Read More… from 6/9/2017


HEALTHCARE/PHARMA: “Anthem Inc. said it would petition the Supreme Court to review the antitrust rulings blocking its acquisition of Cigna Corp. , a long-shot bid to revive a $48 billion deal amid litigation between the two companies. A federal appeals court last month declined to allow the acquisition, affirming a trial judge’s earlier ruling that […]

Read More… from 5/5/2017


PHARMA/POLITICS/TRUMP PEOPLE/CHRIS CHRISTIE: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take on an advisory role to help figure out ways the Trump administration can fight the opioid epidemic. Christie told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday [3-29-17] that as chair of a special commission he will ‘take a look at what we are doing across the […]

Read More… from 3/29/2017


PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House sent a warning shot to congressional Republicans that it may increase its outreach to Democrats if it can’t get the support of hard-line conservatives, a potential shift in legislative strategy that could affect drug prices, the future of a tax overhaul and budgetary priorities. Days after the House GOP […]

Read More… from 3/27/2017


PHARMA: “Today’s EO established a commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis. Watch listening session➡️https://youtu.be/e27pzcJdD8E” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 29, 2017 04:39pm […]

Read More… from 3/29/2017