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The federal government is reaching out to drug companies and insurers to find common ground on tackling high drug prices, but a high-ranking administration official cautioned that any solution is going to be difficult.

The Department of Health and Human Services held a forum Friday on pharmaceuticals to address high prices. The forum, featuring drug company executives, comes at a time when soaring drug prices are a growing concern for most Americans.

"We know that action will be needed from all of us here today," said Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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