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Many of the nation’s largest drug makers and distributors failed to implement even the most basic systems to halt suspicious drug orders as the opioid epidemic came into sharp focus, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing a court filing. The motion by lawyers for two Ohio counties alleges companies failed to analyze potentially suspicious orders until after they had shipped, applied rudimentary controls on excessive sales that were easy for bad actors to game, and handed the job of halting shady orders to sales departments incentivized to keep pills moving.

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  • Concerning Amgen and Allergan – when the first interest in biosimilar came 10 years ago, it was disheartening to many that 50% savings were “totally unrealistic.” The projected savings would be 30 pct, which would still be a savings against the much higher costs. Now 15% is being touted – what will come next, a target of price parity with the branded biologics?

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