Trump to Sign Executive Order to Lower Drug Prices

The White House is writing an executive order that would reduce what the U.S. pays for drugs so that it's more in line with the lowest price paid elsewhere in the world, Trump told reporters Friday.

"As you know, for years and years other nations paid less for drugs than we do," Trump said Friday at the White House. "Sometimes by 60-70%. We're working on it right now, we're working on a favored nations clause, where we pay whatever the lowest nation's price is. Why should other nations - like Canada - but why should other nations pay much less than us? They've taken advantage of the system for a long time, Pharma."

Trump said the announcement was coming "very shortly" but did not provide other details about how the plan would work. A "favored nations clause" refers to a contract in which a seller gives buyers the same best terms that it offers to other buyers.

Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed an "international drug pricing index" that would help Medicare pay similar rates for drugs as what other countries do.

The president has been eager to deliver on his campaign promise to lower drug prices in the U.S., and has decried what he calls a "global freeloading" system in which drug companies are able to offer their products at a lower cost to other countries by charging the U.S. more.

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