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Drugmakers Face Tough Free Speech Fight on List Prices in TV Ads

June 21, 2019, 9:45 AM

Free speech protections will be at the center of a legal fight early next month as pharmaceutical companies challenge a new federal rule requiring them to disclose drug list prices in television ads.

Merck & Co., Eli Lilly and Co., Amgen Inc., and an advertising trade association filed a lawsuit June 14 in federal court, claiming the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lacks the statutory authority to impose such a requirement.

The final rule came out May 8 and takes effect July 9, giving drug companies little time to challenge it. The parties are scheduled to be in the ...