4 Issues To Watch After 340B Orphan Drug Ruling

By Jeff Overley (October 15, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A court decision curtailing orphan drug discounts in the 340B program will likely prompt a minor exodus of health care providers from the program, invite other legal challenges to the program's controversial policies, and ramp up pressure on Congress to intervene, attorneys say.

Here are four issues to watch in the aftermath.

Lost Discounts May Prompt Departures

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras on Wednesday dealt with an Affordable Care Act provision that bars certain providers from receiving 340B discounts for so-called orphan drugs that treat rare diseases.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had argued that discounts...

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