[Ip-health] Demanding action from Trump on MS drug prices, Elijah Cummings takes to Twitter

Kim Treanor kim.treanor at keionline.org
Thu Sep 28 09:48:47 PDT 2017


https://www.statnews.com/2017/09/28/trump-ms-drug-price-elijah-cummings/

Demanding action from Trump on MS drug prices, Elijah Cummings takes to
Twitter
Lev Facher in StatNews on 28 September 2017


WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has always been outspoken on the
issue of drug pricing, even wrangling a meeting with President Trump in
March to discuss how to reduce costs for Americans struggling with the cost
of their prescriptions.

[snip]

Elijah E. Cummings ✔ @RepCummings
US government holds the patent to #Zinbryta (treats #MS) and licenses it to
@biogen. You can make a deal to lower the price now!
7:37 AM - Sep 28, 2017

The messages came weeks after Knowledge Ecology International wrote a
letter to top Trump advisors and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom
Price, encouraging them to take action to cap the cost of Zinbryta, a
multiple sclerosis drug priced by Biogen at nearly $90,000 annually.

The letter came armed with specifics KEI said the Trump administration is
empowered to use to lower the price: “These include: (1) making use of the
government’s royalty-free rights in the patent; (2) utilizing the
‘march-in’ right to license the patent to a third party; and/or (3)
terminating the exclusive license,” the letter read.

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Kim Treanor
Knowledge Ecology International
kim.treanor at keionline.org
tel.: +1.202.332.2670



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