(Natural News) During his first press conference after winning the election, President Donald Trump made some very bold statements that, generally speaking, are uncharacteristic of the Republican Party. Rather than kowtow to pharmaceutical interests as would be expected from an establishment politician on either side of the aisle, Mr. Trump actually called drug companies to task for ripping off Americans, adding that the entire industry is "getting away with murder" as it currently functions.
These piercing words from the president sent shock waves throughout the drug industry, which saw massive drops in stock value almost immediately after they were stated. Clearly frustrated with the corruption between pharmaceutical companies and the federal government that keeps drug prices high, President Trump reiterated what he's been saying all along the campaign trail about the need for reform — a message that was also heralded by failed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
"Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists, a lot of power. And there's very little bidding on drugs," President Trump remarked from Trump Tower in New York City. "We're the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don't bid properly. We're going to start bidding. We're going to save billions of dollars over a period of time."
President Trump also criticized the drug industry for manufacturing drugs in other countries where they're cheaper to produce, only to ship them back to the U.S. to sell to Americans at top dollar. This hallmark of crony globalism, a major target in the president's platform all throughout his campaign, is something that's most definitely on the chopping block with the incoming administration.
"Our drug industry has been disastrous," President Trump explained before the press pool. "They're leaving left and right. They supply our drugs but they don't make them here, to a large extent. And the other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they're getting away with murder." (RELATED: Stay informed about Big Pharma's illegal practices at BigPharmaNews.com)
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Going against an old-guard Republican establishment that has long favored not only Big Pharma but a host of other special interest groups, including biotechnology and chemicals, won't be an easy task. Top Republican kingpins like House Speaker Paul Ryan, for instance, are already challenging President Trump's remarks, tacitly implying that the system is working just fine and doesn't need to be changed.