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Trump promises to reduce drug prices but drops campaign promises

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 14 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2133
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

President Donald Trump has outlined measures to reduce the prices US consumers pay for prescription drugs through a program called American Patients First,1 but he did not follow through on two campaign promises.

During his campaign Trump had promised to allow the government to negotiate drug prices for the Medicare insurance program, which provides drugs for about 60 million older people, and to allow US consumers to import drugs from Canada. Stock prices of drug and healthcare companies immediately rose after the new announcement.2

The United States had the world’s highest per capita spending on pharmaceutical drugs in 2015 …

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