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Gavel with drugs The ruling “clears the way for us to begin obtaining discovery from the manufacturers and PBMs so we can shine the light on exactly what has driven insulin prices sky-high,’’ Steve Berman, a plaintiffs’ lawyer. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Novo Nordisk A/S and two other insulin makers must face claims they gouged diabetes patients through deceptive price lists for their life-saving drugs.

U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in New Jersey on Friday allowed a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by 67 diabetics against Novo, Eli Lilly & Co. and the U.S. unit of French drugmaker Sanofi to proceed on consumer-fraud allegations tied to skyrocketing insulin prices. The judge threw out the plaintiffs’ racketeering claims.

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