Angry at COVID-19 vaccine makers, Trump pushes plan to 'get back at them' with lower drug prices

Source: The Hill | November 19, 2020 | Alexandra Kelley

President Trump has expressed contempt for pharmaceutical companies releasing promising COVID-19 vaccine data after the election.

In the midst of exceptionally positive results from COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, President Trump has voiced his dissatisfaction with the timing of the news, implying that positive data from clinical trials were deliberately withheld until after Election Day.

Now, The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may release a blueprint to lower drug prices within Medicare through an executive order called the “most favored nation.”

The “most favored nation” price refers to the lowest price for a pharmaceutical drug or product sold in a member country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with a similar gross domestic product.

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Speaking to The Post, one GOP health care lobbyist said that this move is pointed at pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Moderna, whose COVID-19 vaccine candidates each recently exhibited about 95 percent efficacy rates. 

“This is basically Trump being pissed off because he thought the industry campaigned against him and delayed in announcing the [vaccine] results, so he is going to get back at them with favored nations,” they said.

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