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Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) and the U.K. government are expected to hold talks Thursday on resolving a high-profile and long-running impasse over pricing and coverage of an expensive cystic fibrosis drug, according to a patient group. The drug maker is expected to meet with the National Health Service in England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which determined the Orkambi treatment is not cost-effective, a move that prompted NHS officials to demand a lower price.

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