GOP defends industry at drug price hearing


The first Senate hearing on high drug prices was a dichotomy between anger from Democrats and Republicans saying the entire pharmaceutical industry is not to blame.

"I don't believe we should cast all pharmaceutical companies in the same light," said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., during a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on generic prices Wednesday.

The hearing was the first bipartisan outing on high drug prices, as House Democrats held their own steering committee hearing earlier this month. The Senate hearing is part of the committee's larger investigation into higher generic prices.

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