Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, 563 U.S. 110 (2011)

2010 - 2011

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court granted our client AstraZeneca, as well as many other pharmaceutical companies, a complete victory in Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, CA. The case, brought by the County of Santa Clara on behalf of a putative class of other counties in the State of California, alleged that AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies overcharged for drugs purchased by hospitals, clinics, and other providers entitled to discounted prices under the Public Health Service Act (known as "340B entities"). The Court held that third-party beneficiaries of government contracts between pharmaceutical manufacturers and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services could not bring suit to enforce those contracts.

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