STAT+: Federal judge nixes hospitals’ attempt to force HHS 340B crackdown

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Thursday that it’s too early for hospitals to challenge the federal government’s lack of action against drugmakers in the 340B drug discount program.

The decision is the latest installment in an escalating feud between hospitals and drugmakers over substantial drug discounts providers get for treating poor patients. The ruling means decisionmaking on the dispute will likely fall to President Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, Xavier Becerra.

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