Senator talks health care and patents

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen discussed ways to bring down the cost of prescription drugs at a roundtable in Lebanon Friday.

LEBANON – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sat down with hospital administrators, clinicians and people in the front lines of medical care to discuss what can be done about the high cost of prescription drugs. The roundtable took place Friday afternoon at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, with health care stakeholders from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Mascoma Community Health Center and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Shaheen invited those assembled to tell her what they're seeing and what they've observed around this issue. 

The senator was also pushing two pieces of legislation, End Taxpayer Subsidies for Drug Ads Act and the Biologic Patent Transparency Act, both of which target questionable ways pharmaceutical companies make extra money on drug sales. Shaheen co-sponsors the bills with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and other senators, including Tim Kaine of Virginia. 

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