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Pharma's week of whiplash

Senators point to a chart showing high drug prices.
The drug industry is always in full lobbying mode. Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

The pharmaceutical industry was busy last week, winning a key exclusion in the budget bill while getting handed a separate loss. And now as the White House releases its budget promoting drug pricing reforms — and as Alex Azar heads to the Hill to discuss them — pharma is still going to find itself on defense.

Why this matters: Pharma is one of the most powerful industries in the country, and generally gets what it wants. But drug prices are an extremely political topic pitting the vast majority of the public against the drug industry, and this week may reveal how that's going to play out in an election year.