High court limits lawsuits over drug prices

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 10:14 AM
High court limits lawsuits over drug prices

The Supreme Court says hospitals and clinics that serve the poor cannot sue prescription drug manufacturers over allegations that the companies charged too much for their medicines.

In an 8-0 opinion Tuesday, the court says that under federal law only the Secretary of Health and Human Services has the authority to bring the lawsuits.

The opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reversed a ruling by the federal appeals court in San Francisco that the drug makers could be sued.

Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case.