Pharma's Big Defeat: US Rebate Proposal Hits The End Of The Road
White House will not move forward with a rebate proposal the drug industry supported as a way to lower patient drug spending.
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Rebate Rule May Be Finalized Soon, But Skepticism Lingers That Trump Can Make Lasting Changes On Rx Pricing
Trump administration could also finalize international reference pricing plan, which could be riskier to industry as it's an area where Democrats and Trump have more alignment, but this proposal may be easier for industry to overturn in court than that rebate rule. A finalized rebate rule is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, but it is unclear if the coming proposal will have any teeth given the limitations imposed by the President’s summer executive order.
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