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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2018
Contact: HHS Press Office
202-690-6343
media@hhs.gov

HHS Secretary Azar Praises Results of President Trump’s Leadership on Drug Pricing

On Wednesday, President Trump signed legislation that bans pharmacy gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from informing patients when they can pay less out of pocket for a prescription drug, in both private insurance plans and in Medicare prescription drug plans.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement:

“This bipartisan legislative accomplishment was secured by President Trump’s historic leadership on drug pricing. The President’s drug-pricing blueprint called for ending gag clauses. Within a week of the blueprint’s release, HHS informed Medicare plans that they are unacceptable, and now Congress has responded to the President’s call by formally banning them.

“American patients should know: You can always ask your pharmacist whether you’re getting the best deal on the prescription drugs you need. This is just one step in the President’s plans to deliver better healthcare to Americans at lower prices, efforts that have already involved more action to bring down drug prices than any previous President has taken.”

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Last revised: October 10, 2018

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