▶JUDGE TOSSES LAW­SUIT AGAINST CAL­I­FOR­NIA DRUG PRICE LAW:

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SACRA­MENTO (AP) — A fed­eral judge has dis­missed a law­suit seek­ing to block a Cal­i­for­nia law re­quir­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies to give ad­vance no­tice be­fore big price in­creases.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mor­ri­son Eng­land Jr., ruled Thurs­day in Sacra­mento that the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Re­search and Man­u­fac­tur­ers of Amer­ica failed to show that the court has ju­ris­dic­tion to hear the case. He gave PhRMA 30 days to re­file.

The law re­quires 60 days’ no­tice to raise na­tional whole­sale prices above a cer­tain thresh­old.

PhRMA says Cal­i­for­nia’s law il­le­gally tries to dic­tate na­tional health pol­icy. The group also says the bill is un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally vague and vi­o­lates the First Amend­ment by forc­ing drug com­pa­nies to jus­tify price in­creases.

A PhRMA spokes­woman said Thurs­day the or­ga­ni­za­tion still has con­cerns about the law’s con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity.

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