The economic impact of pharma giants’ fight with the U.S. government over drug pricing reform

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Big Pharma firms Merck and Bristol Myers Squibb are challenging President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, alleging the law’s plan to lower drug prices infringes on their rights. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — whose members include drugmakers AbbVie and Eli Lilly — is also aiming to block Medicare from rolling out the program.

In 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law to fund major healthcare and climate change initiatives. No Republican supported the bill. The IRA allows Medicare to negotiate the prices of certain high-cost drugs. The program would first focus on 10 drugs in 2026. From there, it is slated to expand to 15 drugs in 2027 and 2028, and 20 drugs per year from 2029 on. Only medications on the market for years without competition are eligible.

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