Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS administrator (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US re­sponds to drug­mak­er­s' IRA coun­terof­fers as Medicare price ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tin­ue

CMS wants fur­ther dis­cus­sions with phar­ma com­pa­nies that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in IRA price ne­go­ti­a­tions, HHS an­nounced on Tues­day.

The agency said it has re­spond­ed to coun­terof­fers pro­posed by all of the par­tic­i­pat­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers, but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. Ac­cord­ing to CMS’ guide­lines, the agency will now hold up to three ne­go­ti­a­tion meet­ings with the com­pa­nies be­fore ne­go­ti­a­tions end Aug. 1.

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