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AstraZeneca Seeks to Push Deadline for Resuming Drug Discounts

May 20, 2021, 4:57 PM

AstraZeneca asked a judge to push back by two weeks a government-issued deadline to resume drug discounts to certain pharmacies the company had cut off last year.

The request comes as part of a lawsuit AstraZeneca brought against the Department of Health and Human Services over an advisory opinion that drugmakers must provide discounts to pharmacies in contract with low-income health centers. Letters issued May 17 from the HHS directed AstraZeneca and five other companies to resume discounts by June 1 to those pharmacies or face monetary penalties.

That letter “affects the circumstances under which the agreed-upon schedule was adopted” ...