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As the year winds down, STAT reporters are taking a look at the stories they’re most eager to track in 2018. Find all our “three to watch” series here

Some of the most hot-button issues in health and medicine will be fought out in courtrooms in 2018.

Cases before federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court this year have the potential to shape health policy in the U.S. for years or decades to come. And, in at least one case, the outcome could set an important precedent for how taxpayers can hold drug manufacturers responsible.

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