Enzi Questions Health and Human Services Secretary at Senate Hearing

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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (Courtesy photo)

At a Senate hearing Tuesday, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, thanked the Trump Administration for presenting a blueprint earlier this year, known as “American Patients First,” to help lower prescription drug prices for consumers.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who attended the hearing as a witness, described the proposal as a plan of action to bring drug prices down while keeping America as the world’s leader in pharmaceutical innovation.

Enzi questioned Azar about the idea of allowing value-based drug purchasing arrangements, where the prices of the drug might vary based on how well it is expected to work in order to reflect its real value.

Enzi said he appreciates that the Administration’s ideas — such as improving competition, negotiating better prices, lowering the list price of drugs and lowering out-of-pocket costs — were being presented for public review and comment.

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