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Administration Attacks on Drug Pricing Program Have Advocates Worried

January 25, 2018

A program that lowers drug costs for Ryan White clinics, community health centers, family planning clinics, and hospitals serving low-income patients is under attack by Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration. Efforts to reduce the scope of the program are being advanced on Capitol Hill by the pharmaceutical industry and its allies.

The 340B program requires drug makers to reduce their prices through discounts ranging from 20 to as much as 50 percent. Enacted in 1992, it has enjoyed strong bipartisan support for most of its history. But the last year has been marked by a series of attacks that have eroded the program's buying power and could threaten its future.

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