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Trump delays drug pricing, there is no firm date yet



WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump has postponed a speech on lowering prescription drug prices, which was scheduled for Thursday, to a date in the near future, the White House said Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump joins his limousine on April 22, 2018, on his return to Andrews Joint Base in Maryland, USA. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

The White House has no dates and times when the speech would take place and would not say why it was pushed back.

The address would have been Trump's first on reducing drug prices, one of the main issues he addressed during the 201

6 presidential race.

The Republican president has said that drug companies are "getting away with murder" and has vowed to lower prescription drug prices. But the government's proposals have been modest so far and do not go after the drug companies. Congressional activities on this topic are considered unlikely.

Secretary of Health and Social Services Alex Azar, who was scheduled to speak, was hospitalized for the second time last week for diverticulitis, an inflammation of small pouches in the walls of the colon.

Azar was released from hospital on Thursday and returned to his native Indiana to recover with his family and was unlikely to return to Washington until sometime this week, his agency said.

Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Arrangement of Jonathan Oatis


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