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STAT Plus: Democrats urge Trump to issue guidelines for overriding patents on pricey drugs

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ore than 50 Democratic lawmakers have told President Trump that he can take one step himself to lower drug prices:  Instruct the National Institutes of Health to override patents for medicines that were discovered with federal funds, but carry price tags that are out of reach for many Americans.

In a letter sent on Tuesday, they argued the NIH should be encouraged to pursue so-called march-in rights. Under a 1980 federal law, this allows an agency that funds private research to require a drug maker to license its patent to another party in order to “alleviate health and safety needs which are not being reasonably satisfied” or when the benefits of a drug are not available on “reasonable terms.”

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