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Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses'

Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE on Wednesday signed two bills banning "gag clauses" that keep patients in the dark about how to save money on prescription drugs. 

The clauses are sometimes included in the contracts insurers have with pharmacies — preventing pharmacies from telling customers they can save money on a drug if they pay with cash instead of using their health insurance. 

"This is very strong legislation to end these unjust gag clauses once and for all," Trump said during a signing ceremony at the White House. 

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"All our citizens deserve to know the lowest price available at our pharmacies, and now that's what they'll be getting."  

Trump thanked the sponsors of the bills who attended the ceremony, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (R-Maine), Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Dem ad accuses Heller of 'lying' about record on pre-existing conditions GOP senator suggests criminal referral for third Kavanaugh accuser's 'apparently false affidavit' MORE (R-La.), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDems blast Trump rule changes on ObamaCare Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senate blocks Dem measure on short-term health plans | Trump signs bill banning drug price 'gag clauses' | DOJ approves Aetna-CVS merger | Juul ramps up lobbying Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach Republican Senate candidate apologizes after swastika spotted in campaign ad Poll: Dem Stabenow has 9-point lead over Republican James in Michigan Senate race MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterTrump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend Medicaid work requirements | HHS chief dismisses 'Medicare for all' as 'too good to be true' | Aetna sells Medicare drug business GOP lawmaker touts move to lift limits on telehealth for opioid treatment MORE (R-Ga.) 

He also indicated he thinks Republicans might be able to work with Democrats on more drug pricing reform in the future. 

"I really do believe Democrats want to do that, too," Trump said. 

"If there's anything bipartisan, it's lowering drug prices." 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there will be regulatory action in the weeks and months ahead focused on bringing down drug prices, a key Trump campaign promise.