FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, various prescription drugs are seen on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research. With the public concerned about the high cost of new medications, these are some of the proposals from a policy center often aligned with the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, various prescription drugs are seen on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. ... Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research. With the public concerned about the high cost of new medications, these are some of the proposals from a policy center often aligned with the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (The Associated Press)

Liberal-leaning policy center urges disclosure, consumer education to curb prescription costs

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With the public concerned about the high cost of new prescription drugs, a policy center that's often in sync with the Obama administration is coming out with new recommendations.

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The multi-step plan from the Center for American Progress is vying for attention from the 2016 presidential candidates

Among the ideas: Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs, limits on what patients pay, and a requirement that drug companies disclose how much they actually spend on research.

Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are both on record advocating action against over-priced medications.

But the center says it hopes the plan's emphasis on paying for value will also attract some Republican interest.

A copy of the 45-page proposal has been provided to The Associated Press.