Pharma Pushes For Stronger ‘March In’ Rule Despite Changing Political Dynamics, COVID Complications
With COVID-19 drawing new attention to the government’s investment in R&D and high drug prices, lower drug pricing advocates are optimistic the Biden team will a Trump-era attempt to carve out a medication’s price from patent breaking criteria. The drug industry isn’t just defending Trump’s plan – its trying to strengthen it.
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