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Federal Judge Supports Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Under Inflation Reduction Act

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The Medicare drug price negotiation provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have been upheld by a federal judge, despite attempts by the Chamber of Commerce to halt these negotiations. The Chamber of Commerce’s request for a preliminary injunction, which was filed as part of a lawsuit, was denied by Judge Michael Newman. However, the case was not dismissed.

The Chamber of Commerce’s claim that the IRA does not give drugmakers the option of compliance was also rejected by the judge. Additionally, their argument that these negotiations would cause immediate harm to their businesses was disputed.

There is a deadline set by Newman for the Chamber of Commerce to file an updated complaint by October 13. Similarly, the Biden administration has until October 27 to file another motion for dismissal. The ten drugmakers who are currently under negotiation have all agreed to this program.

The support of the judge for the Medicare drug price negotiation provisions of the IRA is a clear setback for the Chamber of Commerce. Their arguments against the IRA and its negotiation provisions were not accepted by the court.

The Chamber of Commerce’s claim that the negotiations would cause immediate harm to the business was particularly disputed. This suggests that the court does not see the price negotiations as a threat to the business interests of the drugmakers.

The drugmakers who are part of this negotiation process have all given their consent to the program. This further undermines the Chamber of Commerce’s argument against the IRA’s negotiation provisions.

Despite the resistance from the Chamber of Commerce, the Medicare drug price negotiation provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act have been upheld. The court’s decision suggests that these provisions are considered legal and in the best interest of the public. The drugmakers involved in the negotiations have also agreed to the program, indicating their willingness to comply with the law.

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