Updated Apr 4, 2018

Trump's health care tariffs could raise drug costs

A lot of U.S. drugs are made in China. Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images

There are a lot of medical products on the Trump administration’s list of candidates for the new 25% tariffs it wants to impose on China, including vaccines; insulin products; MRI machines, surgical tools and other medical devices; and a host of raw ingredients for pharmaceuticals.

Why it matters: An enormous amount of the ingredients in American pharmaceuticals are made in China. As those prices rise, the cost of drugs could rise, too — and the impact could be especially dramatic for generics.

How it works: Brand-name drugs are more expensive, in part, because their sales subsidize research and marketing. For generics, on the other hand, the physical act of making the pill is a much bigger part of the manufacturer’s costs.

Between the lines: The Trump administration is eager to show progress on reducing the cost of prescription drugs, and one of its top priories is greater competition from generics.

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Fed temporarily lifts Wells Fargo's growth restrictions

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The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will temporarily lift Wells Fargo’s growth restrictions, which were put in place following the bank’s customer abuse scandals.

Why it matters: The Fed’s only reason for lifting the cap is so Wells Fargo can dole out more loans to struggling small businesses as part of the government’s coronavirus aid package. Earlier this week, the bank said it could only lend a total of $10 billion, thanks to Fed restrictions that it can’t grow its assets beyond $1.95 trillion.

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Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

The big picture: It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination just a few months ago. It also makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee four months before the party's convention in Milwaukee.