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PhRMA has a reputation in Washington for might, money, scorched-earth tactics, and fighting even the tiniest of policy changes, but over the last year, the powerful industry trade group has lost its edge, STAT explains. Though PhRMA blared for years that allowing the government to negotiate drug prices would threaten the industry’s existence, the organization failed to muster the money or clout to stop the policy in the final stretch. PhRMA may have watered down the major reforms, but did not mount a pressure campaign as in the past, nor dramatically spike its lobbying spending or attack supporters in this year’s mid-terms, despite some dramatic threats to do so.

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