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Health Agency Could Make Generic Drugs Under Democrats’ Bill (1)

Dec. 18, 2018, 5:31 PMUpdated: Dec. 18, 2018, 10:54 PM

The federal government could step in to make generic prescription drugs that have high prices or are in short supply under legislation offered by two Democrats in the Senate and House.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced companion bills aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs that would establish an Office of Drug Manufacturing in the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill would need to be reintroduced in the next session of Congress to get full consideration with this session ending in a few weeks.

The bill is unlikely to pass a Republican-led...

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