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A Drugmaker Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

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Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is promoting a campaign to get the National Institutes of Health to exercise the patent rights it already owns in regards to certain drugs to bring down their price. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. hide caption

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One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

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Opana ER was reformulated to make it harder to crush and snort, but people abusing the drug turned to injecting it instead. And that fueled an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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ALS patients and their families rallied for expanded access to experimental drugs in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2015. Courtesy of Lina Clark hide caption

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Patients Demand The 'Right To Try' Experimental Drugs, But Costs Can Be Steep

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Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., embraces Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., during a media briefing about the 21st Century Cures Act on Capitol Hill on Nov. 30. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Tom Stanton of the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle shows off empty lab space at Roche in Nutley, N.J. Daniel Tucker/WNYC hide caption

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As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

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Each year, millions of Americans don't fill their prescriptions because they can't afford to. Maya Kovacheva Photography/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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