Drug prices Another area thatneeds change is patent “gaming,” in which brand-name manufacturersfile multiple patents on a drug in order to keep competitors out ofthe market. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Streamlining the pharmaceutical supply chain and getting moregeneric drugs to market would help consumerswho can't afford prescriptions, the head of the U.S. Senate'sspecial committee on aging said in a Bloomberg TV interview.

“There are a lot of people getting very wealthy along thissupply chain,” while regular Americans are paying “crushingly high”prices for their drugs, Senator Susan Collins, a Republican fromMaine, said Wednesday.

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