Sen. Bernie Sanders on drug prices, opioids, leading the health committee

By: Analysis by McKenzie Beard with research by Rachel Roubein; Washington Post

It took the Senate 175 days to confirm Monica Bertagnolli as the next leader of the National Institutes of Health after President Biden first nominated her for the role — largely because of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who blocked her nomination until he was able to extract a White House commitment to lower drug prices. The pressure campaign sparked friction with members of the health committee he chairs, including with some Democrats and the panel’s top Republican.