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Eli Lilly’s settlement over nationwide insulin pricing canceled, Health News, ET HealthWorld



Eli Lilly's nationwide insulin pricing settlement called off, Health News, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development, the proposed settlement between Eli Lilly and purchasers of its insulin drugs has collapsed due to an unfavorable ruling from the overseeing judge. The settlement aimed to cap prices and provide $13.5 million to address claims of inflated drug costs. The decision not to pursue approval for the deal was made after U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti refused to certify a class in the litigation targeting insulin drug makers Novo Nordisk and Sanofi.

Lawyers representing the proposed nationwide class of individuals who paid for Lilly’s Humalog and other insulin drugs decided not to move forward with the settlement, citing the inability to get a settlement class approved following the judge’s decision in February. The settlement would have limited patients’ out-of-pocket insulin costs and was seen as a potential loss for consumers.

Despite the collapse of the settlement, Lilly maintains that the plaintiffs’ claims lack merit and that it will continue to defend itself. The insulin drug makers are still facing lawsuits from states, with some objecting to the settlement on grounds that it could impact their own legal actions. In a separate agreement with Minnesota, Lilly agreed to a price limit and to donate insulin to clinics in the state.

Insulin, crucial for patients with type 1 diabetes and some with type 2 diabetes, has been subject to allegations of artificially high list prices set by drug makers. Despite efforts to reduce prices, many patients still face high costs for insulin treatment. Approximately 8.4 million out of the 37 million people in the U.S. with diabetes rely on insulin, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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