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Front opens in US biotech price war

Express Scripts, largest manager of prescription drug plans for US employers, takes increasingly aggressive stance in price negotiations with pharma firms

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Express Scripts Holding Co will shun Gilead Sciences Inc's blockbuster US$1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment in favour of a cheaper drug Viekira Pak from AbbVie Inc.

New York

THE biotechnology industry's two-year run of riches is at risk after a decision by the biggest US drug manager to block one of the best-selling products in history.

Since the start of 2013, the Standard & Poor's Biotechnology Index has gained 134 per cent, almost

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