Azar Opposes Abuse Of Drug Patents, REMS & Gag Orders

November 30, 2017
HHS Secretary-nominee Alex Azar said Wednesday (Nov. 29) he wants to stop brand drug companies from thwarting generic competition by gaming the patent system and drug-approval policies; he'd consider applying design aspects of Part D to Part B drug coverage; and he opposes gag orders that keep pharmacies from telling customers when drugs are cheaper out of pocket than when bought with insurance. Azar's opposition to drug imports and government price negotiation are in line with views by the Republican...

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