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InThe New Republic reported the companies actually spent much more on marketing and lobbying than drug development. Nevertheless, also for decades, efforts to put price caps on prescription drugs have gone nowhere because so many Republican and Democratic lawmakers bought the argument that Big Pharma needed the big profits to fund research. They were also certainly influenced by generous campaign contributions. Yes, Congress has passed laws that allow Americans to order cheaper drugs from Canadian providers.
Now, understandably frustrated, a great majority of congressional Democrats have endorsed the prescription drug reform plan that Biden unveiled in August. Pharmaceutical companies that did not participate in the negotiations would be subject to a severe excise tax. This is not as sweeping as what senators like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — and many Americans — want. But it is still the sort of major change that Big Pharma has long been able to fight off.
No more. Barring changes, it appears enough Democrats — including San Diego Rep. Scott Peters — will oppose the measure to kill it. But this year, two rival pollsters said that sentiment was gone. Data for Progress had similar in April. Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have developed an antiviral pill called molnupiravir that testing shows cuts the risk of hospitalization or death in half for people newly diagnosed with COVID — a potentially gigantic development.
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