Connect with us

Government

Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a Public Option for Generic Drugs

The Massachusetts senator wants to take on big pharma.

Duane Paul Murphy

Published

on

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, December 18, would combat the rising costs of generic drugs by creating a public option for drug manufacturing. Cosponsored by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives, the bill, called the Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act, would create a manufacturing unit within the federal Department of Health and Human Services to mass produce generic drugs in order to bring down prices and introduce competition into the pharmaceutical industry oligopoly. 

Warren is not the only Democratic senator taking on the drug companies and finding ways to reduce drug prices. Recently in December, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal alongside Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduced the Cure High Drug Prices Act, which would allow the federal government to restrict price increases on certain lifesaving drugs.

In November, Senator Merkley introduced his own bill to combat rising drug costs with the proposed Low Drug Prices Act, which would allow the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services to assure that citizens do not pay more than the median price per drug. Also in November, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and California Congressman Ro Khanna proposed another bill to address rising drug prices with the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, which would break up drug company oligopolies and allow newer generic drug companies to compete in the markets. 

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college graduate and freelance journalist born and raised in Southern California. He obtained a bachelor of art’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

CMN Reports

Employment1 week ago

California Bans Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles

The Golden State is combating discrimination based on appearance.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 weeks ago

The Supreme Court Determines the Fate of Political Representation

The country's high court determines the future of representation.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality1 month ago

Colorado Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

The Centennial State moves forward in progress for the queer community.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

The Prairie State advances towards cannabis legalization.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 months ago

New Hampshire Becomes the 21st State to Abolish Capital Punishment

The Granite State makes a huge step towards criminal justice reform.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 months ago

Maine Bans LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy for Minors

The Pine Tree State further progresses in queer rights.

by , The Catholic American University
Election 20202 months ago

Elijah Manley: The Youngest Person to Ever Run for U.S. President

Meet the youngest person ever to run for U.S. president.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 months ago

Poll: More than 40% of Americans Embrace Socialism

Socialism is gradually on the rise.

by , The Catholic American University

Most Read From CMN Writers

[]
1 Step 1
keyboard_arrow_leftPrevious
Nextkeyboard_arrow_right

Copyright © College Media Network