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Pharma balked when Maryland tried to regulate prescription drug costs; now they have to contend with California

Pharma balked when Maryland tried to regulate prescription drug costs; now they have to contend with California

Generic drug manufacturers suffered a setback in court late last month when a federal judge dismissed one half of their argument against a new Maryland law regulating price gouging and cast doubt on the other. They suffered an even bigger one Monday when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a prescription drug price law that is in some ways even more sweeping than Maryland’s.

The Association for Accessible Medicines argued that Maryland’s law, which allows the attorney general to seek a justification for — and potentially sue to stop — an “unconscionable” price increase in an essential generic or off-patent medicine, violates the Constitution’s...

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