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Basket of prescription drugs with stacks of coins in front PhRMA sued HHS over a rule set that would require drugmakers to pay higher rebates to state Medicaid programs unless they ensure that patients are able to keep all financial assistance for themselves.

A district court judge has struck down a federal rule that opponents say would have made it harder for pharmaceutical manufacturers to offer cost-sharing assistance to commercially insured patents.

Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington, D.C., sided with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), ruling that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overstepped its authority when it passed the rule in 2020.

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