Yang pitches public manufacturing of generic drugs

Yang pitches public manufacturing of generic drugs
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Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Andrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast MORE on Tuesday released a plan to lower prescription drug costs, which includes allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and creating public manufacturing facilities to make generic drugs. 

The Democratic candidate also said that as president, he would allow for forced licensing of medications if companies can't agree with the government on a reasonable price and use prices paid by other countries as a baseline.

According to his campaign, Yang would also allow for importing prescription medication from other countries "if all else fails."

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“For too long, pharmaceutical companies have been trying to profit from the sick while imposing exorbitant costs on the American people. It needs to stop,” Yang said in a statement on the plan. 

“If the pharmaceutical companies are not willing to compromise, we need to ensure the U.S. government has the ability to force licenses for these drugs to companies who will, to control the outrageous cost of prescription drugs,” he added. 

Other presidential candidates have also called for some of the same actions.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMomentum grows to change medical supply chain from China Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog MORE (D-Mass.) would allow the government to make lower-cost generic drugs and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? MORE (I-Vt.) would tie drug prices to lower sums paid in other countries.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE's plan also calls for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. 

The Trump administration has also suggested using international drug prices to set the price of some drugs covered by Medicare. 

The House is expected to vote this week on a Democratic bill that would allow the Health and Human Services secretary to negotiate lower prices on up to 250 drugs annually