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The credibility of an expert witness for the U.K. pharmaceuticals industry was shot down by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in a legal row over pricing, The Times reports. The cost watchdog dismissed evidence from drug makers as “plainly not independent.” Through their trade group, the companies are seeking an unprecedented judicial review in an attempt to stop NICE from imposing fresh limits on prices for new drugs and reversing changes to the cost assessment of treatments for rare diseases.

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