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Law Requiring Lower Drug Prices Is Struck Down

Date: December 26, 2002
Author: Robert Pear
QUOTE: ...struck down a pioneering program established by the State of Maine. The program, approved by the federal government nearly two years ago, forced drug makers to give discounts...

ABSTRACT: The state of Maine and the Clinton and Bush administrations, eager to lower the cost of prescription drugs, supported Maine's plan to force drug makers to give discounts to some people whose incomes exceeded Medicaid limits. But the federal court ruled that this program was not an extension of Medicaid as claimed, but simply a forced discounting. --- D. Doernberg

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