NEW YORK Jan 11 U.S. President-elect Donald
Trump on Wednesday said pharmaceutical companies are "getting
away with murder" in the prices that they charge the government
for medicines, and promised that would change.
Trump has made few public comments about drug pricing since
he was elected but his campaign platform had included allowing
the Medicare healthcare program to negotiate with pharmaceutical
companies, which the law currently prohibits.
The comments knocked down shares of biotech and
pharmaceutical makers by about 2 percent.
"We are going to start bidding. We are going to save
billions of dollars over time," Trump said.
(Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)