PhRMA’s top lobbyist is leaving

PhRMA top lobbyist to leave post

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Rodger Currie, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) top lobbyist, is leaving his post at the nation’s top lobby for drugmakers.

“Rodger Currie has decided to leave PhRMA to pursue new opportunities effective August 31. We thank Rodger for his tireless efforts leading PhRMA’s advocacy functions during such a challenging time for the industry, and we wish him well in his next endeavor,” PhRMA in a released statement.

Currie has been the executive vice president for advocacy at PhRMA since 2016.

Context: As the statement indicates, this has been a challenging time for the pharmaceutical industry. Lawmakers in both parties, President Trump, and Democratic presidential candidates are all calling for action to lower drug prices.

Still, PhRMA remains a powerful force and it remains to be seen whether any significant anti-industry policies will actually make it into law, despite all the talk about lowering prices.

The Hill has more on this

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