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STAT Plus: Novartis and Vertex battle the Netherlands government over pricing



Two large drug makers are squaring off against the Netherlands as drug pricing increasingly becomes a flashpoint for governments looking to pay less for medicines.

In one instance, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Ministry for Medical Care over the methods used to calculate the official maximum price for Orkambi, a cystic fibrosis treatment that is also at the center of a closely watched row over reimbursement in the U.K.

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