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Senator Dick Durbin isn't exactly singing the praises of Senate President Mitch McConnell's agenda for this week in Washington. Yesterday, he expressed frustration over what he calls a legislative graveyard and lack of plans to discuss reducing prescription costs this week.... Durbin says the issue is taking a back seat to tax treaties with Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Luxemborg. Durbin doesn't think that's on the radar screen of American families...


Durbin introduced the Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous Prices (FLAT) Prices Act. The FLAT Prices Act would reduce the FDA-granted exclusivity period for a drug whose price increases more than 10 percent in a year, or similar amounts over a multi-year period. Drug manufacturers would be required to self-report their price spikes to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and they would have the opportunity to provide an appeal to justify such a price increase. Durbin is also taking issue with price spikes in insulin.