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Arlington leaders join lawsuit over insulin pricing

Other local jurisdictions also have been joining the fracas

Members of the Arlington County Board on Sept. 26 authorized the hiring of outside legal counsel to join lawsuits by local and state governments nationally against alleged price-fixing by insulin suppliers.

The unanimous vote (with no public discussion) makes Arlington the latest jurisdiction to sign on as litigants. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 12 did the same thing.

The vote brings the Arlington government into the legal proceedings, which the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation has consolidated and sent to a judge in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey.

Plaintiffs in the case are arguing that the charges to governments and others for insulin were excessive – suggesting that doses that cost $2 to make had been marked up to $300 to $700.