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The public wants cheaper prescription drugs. President Trump has a plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Republicans, ahead of this year’s midterms, want to please voters, and many of them want to yoke themselves to Trump.
Yet they’re not saying much about Trump’s plan.
Some strategists think that’s a mistake. “Standing with Big Pharma against Trump seems like political suicide if you're a Republican in Congress," Alex Conant, a former Sen. Marco Rubio aide who now runs a strategy firm, told Axios’ Caitlin Owens. (Conant’s firm has clients that support policies pharma opposes).
Threat level: Republican lawmakers are caught between two competing interests — most of them want to be on Trump’s side, but also on the pharmaceutical industry’s side.
To be sure: There’s still plenty of time. "The proposal was just released, and I think members are getting their heads around it," said Rep. Tom Cole, who is close to House leadership
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“Bad Blood” — the book from John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal reporter who exposed Theranos’ many deceptions — is out today. And to whet our appetites, Carreyrou has an excerpt today in the WSJ focused on Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani.
Balwani hasn’t gotten as much attention as founder Elizabeth Holmes, but as her partner and enforcer, he was just as big a part of Theranos’ story, Carreyrou writes.
The new FDA-approved drug from Amgen and Novartis that treats migraines, Aimovig, is the perfect example of why being the first in line for any new drug approval is so important.
Axios' Bob Herman explains why:
More: Researchers continue seeking new clues on how heredity may play a role in migraines.
What we’re watching this week: HHS Secretary Alex Azar attends the 71st World Health Assembly, in Switzerland.
Senate health committee hearing Tuesday on the health care workforce; the committee also will consider a bill Wednesday on pandemic preparedness. Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday on rural health care.
Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing Wednesday on reauthorizing the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program.
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