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Capitol Health Call
July 13, 2011

Price Gouging?

JAMA. 2011;306(2):145. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.925

Legislators are asking 2 drug manufacturers to explain whether their recent extravagant hikes in medication prices reflect legitimate costs or are unjustified.

Sen Herb Kohl (D, Wis), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and 3 Democratic House members sent letters on May 23 to the presidents and CEOs of Avanir Pharmaceuticals and URL Pharma Inc, asking for, among several requests, information regarding the costs of clinical trials that led to their drugs' approvals and how their drugs' initial prices were established (http://1.usa.gov/mmpnyZ).