Drug prices A smaller window toraise drug prices could lead drugmakers to look for other ways togenerate growth, including M&A deals. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Washington wants drug prices to fall. Wall Street wants stock prices to rise. For some of the world'slargest pharmaceutical companies, pleasing both sidescould be a problem.

Last year, the industry promised restraint after PresidentDonald Trump took aim at rising pharmaceutical costs. OnJan. 1, drugmakers returned to their annual practice of regularincreases, boosting prices for dozens of treatments, fromhot-selling arthritis therapies to painkillers at the center of theU.S. opioid epidemic.

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