Amid renewed scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation's foreign ties this week, Hillary Clinton pointed to the success of its low-cost contracts with pharmaceutical firms in a rare acknowledgement of her family's controversial nonprofit network.

The Democratic nominee, who has not held a press conference in 242 days and is selective about the media interviews she grants, seldom encounters questions about the Clinton Foundation despite the outsize role its past dealings have played on the campaign trail.

Clinton denied on Sunday that she participated in any foundation activities while she served as secretary of state, employing a new defense of its operations by highlighting the negotiated healthcare deals.

But under her leadership, at least a handful of the State Department's global health efforts relied on drug companies that were also major Clinton Foundation donors in arrangements that raise questions about the distance Clinton kept from her family's philanthropy.

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