Sen. Elizabeth Warren: U.S. Government Ought to Make Generic Drugs


Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday became the latest 2020 presidential contender to target soaring prescription costs, saying the U.S. government should act as a generic-drug manufacturer to force down prices.

A bill from Mrs. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, would set up a manufacturing office within the Department of Health and Human Services to make select drugs and offer them at affordable prices.

She says the generic market is supposed to inject competition into the markets, yet too few companies vie for consumer dollars, leaving prices high.

The industry cannot be trusted to correct itself, she added, as the Department of Justice reportedly investigates a …

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