HHS Secretary Nominee Becerra Plans ‘Swift’ Action On Drug Pricing Reform
‘We need the pharmaceutical industry … to always feel we’ve got their back to innovate,’ Becerra tells Senate Committee. ‘But we have to ensure that we’re getting our dollars’ worth.’
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