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US government supports Maine law to curb drug prices

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1416
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    The Bush administration has given evidence to the US Supreme Court in support of Maine's proposed prescription pricing controls law. If the law is upheld, 20 other states could follow suit.

    In August 2000, Maine became the first US state to enact prescription drug price controls, but fierce debate about whether the law was constitutional stalled its implementation. The industry appealed to the Supreme Court, which asked the Bush administration last October for its views.

    Called Maine Rx, the law will force pharmaceutical companies to lower their drug …

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