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Gavel on flag “To accept the agency’s justification here would swing the doors wide open to any regulation, rule, or policy that might reasonably result in cost savings to the Medicare and Medicaid programs,” the judge wrote. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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

Merck & Co., Eli Lilly & Co., Amgen Inc. and a trade group for advertisers sued the government last month to block the regulation, which would have required the companies to include drug list prices in the ads, which are a key part of pharmaceutical marketing.

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