Gavel on flag “To accept theagency's justification here would swing the doors wide open to anyregulation, rule, or policy that might reasonably result in costsavings to the Medicare and Medicaid programs,” the judge wrote.(Photo: Shutterstock)

The Trump administration overstepped its authority with a ruleto force drug companies to include the price of their medicine inadvertisements, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Merck & Co., Eli Lilly & Co., Amgen Inc. and a tradegroup for advertisers sued the government last month to block theregulation, which would have required the companies to include druglist prices in the ads, which are a key part of pharmaceuticalmarketing.

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