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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: Novartis to pay $9.7 billion for The Medicines Co.; Trump bashes Pelosi drug pricing bill

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President Trump is backing off his 2016 campaign pledge to negotiate drug prices for Medicare with drug makers, drawing fire from Democrats after months of talks on the issue with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Hill reports. Her staff spent months trying to get White House support for her measure to allow the government to negotiate prices for up to 250 drugs per year, with tough financial penalties for companies that refused to come to the table. But Trump is now publicly bashing the bill, although he has not proposed an alternative.

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