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SNL ImageHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, center, says President Donald Trump is shifting his approach on determining drug prices.
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The Trump administration is shifting the focus for determining U.S. drug prices to a "favored nations" approach rather than the international pricing index model that has been in the works since October 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.

President Donald Trump decided the U.S. ought to be getting the best deal among developed countries, so HHS is now reworking its proposal, Azar said at a Nov. 13 forum in Washington hosted by Axios.

The administration issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in October 2018 to test an international pricing index model to pay for expensive injectable medicines covered by the Medicare Part B program. The proposal has been under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget since June.

Azar has now confirmed that the administration is working on a notice for proposed rulemaking on the favored nations approach.

Trump shifts focus of international pricing model to 'favored nations' approach

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