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Pharma stocks are falling as Trump targets drug prices with executive orders

As President Donald Trump said on Friday afternoon that he signed four executive orders to cut drug prices, pharmaceutical company shares closed with losses.

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The drug pricing orders “may illustrate the Trump administration’s efforts to support a major constituency problem, which has pushed President Trump and other republicans ahead of the election,” he added. analysts from Height Capital Markets in a note Friday.

Trump said the first order “requires the federal community health centers to directly pass on the huge discounts they receive from pharmaceutical companies on insulin and EpiPens to their patients,” while the second allows a number of drug imports and takes the third discount from middlemen such as pharmacy benefits manager and give them to patients.

The fourth order requires Medicare to purchase drugs at the same price as those paid abroad, Trump said. It “will put an end to worldwide free charging on the backs of US patients and US seniors,” he said.

As a result of the orders, heads of major pharmaceutical companies requested a meeting on Tuesday to discuss how to cut drug prices and out-of-pocket costs for Americans, the president added. If the talks are successful, the administration may not need to execute the fourth execution order, he said.

Pharma Shares, as tracked by the Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF PJP,
-1.62%,
ended 1.6% lower, while the broad S&P 500 index SPX,
-0.61%
fell only 0.6% Friday.

Trump has often stated over the years that pharmaceutical companies are “getting away with murder” and prices are “getting out of hand”, although he has talked to pharmacists this year as their companies are working on a coronavirus vaccine.

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