'America First' Drug Pricing Could Backfire

'America First' Drug Pricing Could Backfire
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President Donald Trump wants Americans to get lower prices for medicines — and the rest of the world may pay for it.

His "America First" message on drugs at home, coupled with pro-pharmaceutical industry policies abroad, could lead to higher costs for patients around the world — without making drugs more affordable for those in the U.S.

Trump on Friday plans to deliver his long-promised speech on how to lower drug costs, addressing an industry he has in the past accused of "getting away with murder." Global health officials worry he will also target practices that keep medicines affordable in other countries.

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