Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills - (The Hill via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Measures to lower drug prices were thrown off track by objections as senators battle over the issue, The Hill reported.

  • Senator John Cornyn was prepared to seek unanimous consent to pass a measure with Senator Richard Blumenthal, which is aimed at lowering drug prices by cracking down on drug companies playing the patent system to delay less expensive competition.

  • However, Cornyn eventually ran out of time, and "plans to renew the request next week," a Cornyn spokesman said.

  • Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing a sweeping measure to allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices.

  • The pharmaceutical industry, which opposes both bills, had objected to an earlier version of Cornyn's bill.

  • The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said that it still opposes the bill, and that it "would fundamentally upend the biopharmaceutical innovation ecosystem."

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