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President Trump focuses on lowering prescription drug costs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWMT) --- President Donald Trump is calling on congress to pass the "Right to Try" bill.

The legislation would allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental treatments.

At the White House, Political Reporter Nick Minock spoke with the President's Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Administrator Seema Verma and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow agree drug price hikes are out of control.

"We still have way too many people, way too many seniors that are cutting pills in half or only taking them every other day because the costs continue to skyrocket. Actually, the federal government can do something about it,” Stabenow said.

Verma says one of president trump's greatest priorities is to lower prescription drug prices.

"That has been a major initiative for us. One of the things we have already done is we knew there were hospitals out there that were purchasing these drugs at a lower cost, but they weren't passing on these discounts to seniors,” she told Minock. “We have put a stop to that."

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