US FTC Removing ‘Handcuffs’ To Pursue Pharma Companies, PBMs For Antitrust Violations
Agency staff has more freedom to launch investigations under resolutions approved at Commission’s first meeting under new chair. Mergers and rebate walls expected to be major priorities.
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