A federal judge in Delaware yesterday left the door open to letting hospital groups participate as third parties in a drugmaker’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s 340B program contract pharmacy enforcement mechanisms. | Shutterstock

Hospitals Could Get Another Shot to Intervene in AstraZeneca’s 340B Lawsuit

A federal judge in Delaware yesterday declined to add hospital groups as third parties to a drugmaker’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s 340B program contract pharmacy enforcement mechanisms. But he left the door open to letting the groups participate as litigants in the future.

In an April 26 ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark said he would let the six groups—American Hospital Association (AHA), 340B Health, America’s Essential Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), and ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)—file one or more friend of the court briefs in the case, and would let them “have a small amount of time” during a hearing, now set for June 10, “to argue their views, if they wish.”

A federal judge in Delaware yesterday declined to add hospital groups as third parties to a drugmaker’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s 340B program contract pharmacy guidelines. But he left the door open to letting the groups participate as litigants in the future.

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