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After a pitched battle, former Celgene (CELG) chief executive Bob Hugin will not head to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. The Democratic incumbent, Robert Menendez, prevailed in an especially nasty campaign in which Hugin was portrayed as a greedy pharma exec who repeatedly raised prices on a cancer drug and oversaw malfeasance because Celgene paid $280 million last year to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over allegedly illegal marketing tactics. For his part, Hugin ads reminded voters that Menendez was tried, unsuccessfully, for corruption. He also derided the “lies and mischaracterizations about the pharmaceutical industry. … We do such good things for all people around the world,” he told STAT.


The number of October 2018 drug price increases increased compared with September, but remained at a low level, according to an investor note by Wells Fargo analyst David Maris. Across all drug makers, approximately 82 products rose in price, versus 87 in September, and there were 50 price decreases, compared with 40 decreases in September. The 82 price increases ranged from 556 percent to 1.12 percent, with an average price increase of approximately 37.3 percent and a median increase of approximately 10 percent.

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