The effort has attracted a number of high-profile advisers, as well as interest from the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Hospital leaders are tired of pleading in vain for drug companies to stop gouging the prices of critical medication. So a number of them have finally come up with a plan to go around the pharmaceutical industry entirely by manufacturing their own drugs.

“We are not going to lay down. We are going to go ahead and try and fix it,” Marc Harrison, the CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit Salt Lake City hospital group, told the New York Times.

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