Clinton vows to take on high prescription drug costs

Clinton vows to take on high prescription drug costs
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE on Wednesday pledged to work to lower prescription drug costs, saying it's not fair for Americans to be charged higher prices for medications than people in other countries.

"Let's be clear, your tax dollars help support the research that is used to create those drugs in the first place," Clinton said a campaign event in Cleveland.


"Your tax dollars support the Food and Drug Administration that tests those drugs to determine whether or not they are safe and effective to be able to go to market. And then we end up in America paying the highest price for those drugs that we have helped to create. We have got to take this on."

The Democratic presidential nominee said a doctor that leads a large New York hospital told her that "it's getting to the point where I can't prescribe certain drugs that my patients need because the insurance won't pay for them — Medicare, Medicaid, nobody will pay for them because they are too expensive."

Clinton criticized U.S. drug company Gilead Sciences for the high cost of its hepatitis C medication.

"It is so expensive that a lot of Americans are being left out," she said. "And you know what really is upsetting about this is that drug company sells that same drug all over the world at a much lower price to everybody else."

Lawmakers and liberal groups have also been criticizing Gilead for the high cost of its drugs, as well as for avoiding taxes by shifting profits overseas. 

Clinton also said she would work to tackle mental health and drug addiction issues. 

She said that the "most emotional" encounters she's had on the campaign trail "are when families grab my hand and talk to me about mental health and addiction."

"We have got to do a better job," Clinton said. "We have too many families and too many individual Americans whose lives are either being totally undermined or shortened."