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US Lawmaker launches investigation into pharma pricing practices

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Congressman Elijah Cummings has launched an investigation into pharmaceutical pricing practices.

The representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district, on Monday requested information on price increases, investment in research and development, and corporate strategies to preserve market share and pricing power from 12 multinational pharmaceutical firms.

US Congressman arrested over insider trading in biopharma firm

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A Republican Congressman has been arrested by the FBI over on charges of insider trading with shares in Australian biopharmaceutical firm Innate Immunotherapeutics, a company for which he serves as a board member.

Chris Collins, the United States Representative for New York’s 27th congressional district and the first sitting member of congress to endorse current President Donald Trump, reportedly turned himself into the government over the charges.

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Mylan latest target of US anger on drug pricing with EpiPen price increase

The US congress is again subjecting the pharmaceutical industry to heavy scrutiny over drug pricing policies with Mylan its latest target after it emerged that the generic drugmaker has raised the price of its allergy device EpiPen more than 400% since 2008.

A particular matter of contention is that the rise in the price of EpiPen coincided with a 671% increase in the salary of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch.

With EpiPen enjoying a market share of around 90%, lawmakers have criticised the drugmaker for using its position to hike prices.

Big pharma answers tough questions at US drug pricing hearing

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Martin Shkreli, along with representatives from Turing and Valeant, appeared at the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Pharmaceutical industry executives came under intense scrutiny at a Congressional hearing in the US as the debate over the spiralling cost of prescription drugs deepened.

Perhaps the most well-known name in this debate, Martin Shkreli, had been compelled to attend the hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But the former Turing chief executive refused to testify, pleading the Fifth Amendment on the advice of his newly-appointed legal team.

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