WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal to lower drug prices in Medicare Part B is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, Patients For Affordable Drugs Now Executive Director Ben Wakana issued the following statement:

“We are emphatic in our support of the proposed International Pricing Index for Medicare Part B. It is a bold step forward to lower drug prices, which patients desperately want and the country needs.

“We hope the Trump Administration will finalize this rule to tackle head-on the fact that Americans pay twice as much for drugs than citizens in other wealthy countries.

“Don’t be fooled by Big Pharma’s spin. There is no evidence the proposed Part B changes would impact patient access to drugs.”