Judge tosses lawsuit against California drug price law

A lawsuit that aimed to block a California law requiring drug companies to provide advance notice prior to making large price increases has been dismissed. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr.

A lawsuit that aimed to block a California law requiring drug companies to provide advance notice prior to making large price increases has been dismissed. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. said that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) failed to demonstrate that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case. PhRMA, which claims the law illegally tries to dictate national health policy and violates the First Amendment by requiring drug companies to justify their price increases, has 30 days to refile. The California law calls on pharmaceutical companies provide 60 days' notice before increasing national wholesale prices above a certain level.