Drugmakers Sue HHS To Curtail Discounts To Pharmacies

Law360 (January 13, 2021, 7:53 PM EST) -- AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Sanofi-Aventis have launched a series of lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' view that drugmakers have to give discounts to pharmacies contracting with hospitals that participate in a program serving low-income areas.

On Tuesday, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Eli Lilly and Co. and Lilly USA LLC, and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC launched federal lawsuits against HHS in Delaware, Indiana and New Jersey, respectively. The suits challenged a late-December advisory opinion in which HHS said that any pharmacy contracting with so-called 340B hospitals can get the same drug discounts those hospitals get.

The three suits said...

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