President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly attacked pharmaceutical companies for "getting away with murder," wants to do more to address drug prices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday.
HHS is working with Trump to create a comprehensive strategy to address issues that are causing ever-increasing drug prices, Azar said in a speech at the World Health Care Congress. The agency will build on proposals laid out in Trump's budget proposal for 2019, he said.
"But I can assure you the president wants to go further. Much further. Action is desperately needed," Azar said. "There's little access for a sick patient between a miracle cure that hasn't been discovered and one that is too expensive to use."
Trump criticism of drug prices includes chastising foreign countries for setting price controls on medication and "freeloading" on American innovation.