A lack of competition among drug manufacturers in United States has resulted in a huge escalation in pharmaceutical costs. The resulting impact has increased medical delivery costs in workers' compensation, and burdened the system substantially. The cost for medical delivery far exceeds indemnification for temporary and permanent disability benefits.
The court's action, albeit temporary in nature, maybe a signal of forthcoming judicial intervention in the pharmaceutical arena that will result in a more realistic cost for pharmaceutical benefits in workers' compensation.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., Petitioners v.Sandoz, Inc., et al. No. 13-854
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