12 June 2019 - The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a markup of legislation to lower drug prices this month, Senator Lindsey Graham, the panel’s chairman, told The Hill on Wednesday.
The action from the Judiciary Committee is a sign of the movement on the issue of drug pricing in both parties, which could provide Congress with a rare bipartisan achievement this year. The Senate Finance Committee is also moving forward with drug pricing legislation this month or next.
Graham said Wednesday that a bill from Senators John Cornyn and Richard Blumenthal to crack down on drug companies gaming the patent system to extend their monopolies would be included in the markup.
The pharmaceutical industry is opposed to that legislation and has been lobbying to at least win changes to the measure to ease the blow on the industry, lobbyists say.