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In a case fraught with implications for the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Supreme Court has asked the solicitor general for its views on a lawsuit involving Gilead Sciences (GILD) and what constitutes a material representation by companies that bill the federal government.

The request came in a long-running whistleblower suit that accused the company of misleading regulators about contaminated ingredients used in various HIV medicines and falsifying data to win marketing approval for the drugs.

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