PAT TOOMEY PUTS PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES BEFORE PENNSYLVANIANS

PENNSYLVANIA – Last week, Pat Toomey worked with the pharmaceutical industry to keep prescription drug prices for Pennsylvanians high.

 “Pat Toomey is owned by pharmaceutical companies who are fighting to charge Pennsylvanians too much for the prescription drugs they need to be healthy,” said Beth Melena, senior communications advisor for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “While millions of Pennsylvanians are struggling to afford health care for their families, Pat Toomey is giving handouts to his friends in the pharmaceutical industry rather than fighting to lower costs. Pennsylvanians deserve better than Pat Toomey, a pawn of big drug companies.”

 BACKGROUND:

“Two industry-friendly amendments introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) were shot down as the committee deadlocked at 14-14. One amendment would have prohibited the future use of an international price index to set drug prices while the other would have struck down one of the bill’s key measures requiring drug manufacturers to provide a rebate if drug prices increased above the rate of inflation. Grassley and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) were the only Republicans to vote against Toomey’s amendment to remove the proposed rebate, a provision strongly opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and conservative groups, which equate it to government price fixing.” [OpenSecrets, 7/25/19]

 

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