Trump, claiming progress in lowering drug prices, tells Congress 'we must do more'

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump called on Congress to take further action to reduce the price of prescription drugs. Trump also highlighted the disparity between what Americans pay for drugs and what people in other countries pay for those very same medicines.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump called on Congress to take further action to reduce the price of prescription drugs. Trump also highlighted the disparity between what Americans pay for drugs and what people in other countries pay for those very same medicines. "It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place," Trump said. "This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it. I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients—finally." The Trump administration is considering a proposal to tie some U.S. drug prices to the cost of those medicines in other countries. The idea is still in draft form, and HHS is evaluating whether or not to move forward with it.