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The California Senate voted in favor of a drug pricing transparency bill, which now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill has been vociferously fought by the pharmaceutical industry and could become one of the most comprehensive state efforts to address pricing transparency. Drug makers would have to provide 60-day notice to insurers and government health plans before increasing list prices of medicines by 16 percent in a two-year period.

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