Following Sunday night’s brutal 60 Minutes about how the drug industry killed the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Agency to stop the opioid epidemic, the drug industry fared no better Monday as President Donald Trump railed on the industry during a Cabinet meeting, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on the withdrawal of Rep. Tom Marino from consideration for Drug Czar.
“Whether you’re Democrat, Republican, or Independent, everyone can agree: the drug industry must be stopped. They grossly overcharge the sick and suffering, causing families to choose between food or prescriptions. They actively pushed millions of opiates to the American public, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths in overdoses, and lobbied a willing Congress to be their accomplice. The only campaign in Ohio willing to stand up and do something about it has always been Yes on Issue 2. Ohioans must stand up to these drug company bullies and vote Yes on Issue 2,” said Dennis Willard, the Yes on Issue 2 campaign spokesperson.
In a Cabinet meeting Monday, President Donald Trump is quoted saying the following, which caused biotech and pharma stocks to tumble:
“You look at the same exact drug by the same exact company, made in the same exact box and sold some place else, sometimes it’s a fraction of what we pay in this country. Meaning as usual the world is taking advantage of the United States.”
“The drug companies frankly are getting away with murder. We want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying.”
Also on Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) called for President Trump to withdraw his nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Marino for Drug Czar. Marino was featured in the 60 Minutes special for passing a bill weakening the DEA’s ability to fight the opioid epidemic.