Stacks of pills and coins Despiteurging from White House, 13 of the committee's 15 Republicans votedto remove a controversial proposal to prevent drug prices fromrising faster than inflation under Medicare. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The fight between policymakers intent on lowering prescriptiondrug prices and the drugmakers who keep raising them intensifiedThursday, as a slew of Republican senators threatened to side withmanufacturers against legislation supported by their own committeechairman and president.

After months of closed-door meetings and high-profile hearings,the Senate Finance Committee voted 19-9 to advance legislation introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and RonWyden (D-Ore.) to rein in drug costs in the Medicare andMedicaid programs.

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