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Bob Herman Mar 22
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Eye drug company scores gift in spending bill

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Congress extended higher payments for Omeros, a small drug company. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

Congress' latest spending package includes a provision to boost Medicare payments for one specific drug: Omidria, which is used in cataract surgery, STAT reports. One Wall Street firm estimated that Omeros, the company that makes Omidria, would have to cut the drug's price by 90% to stay competitive without the enhanced Medicare rate.

Why it matters: The pharmaceutical industry wasn't able to reverse new Medicare donut hole obligations, but Congress wasn't afraid to throw out a small life preserver. The stock price of Omeros soared 36% Thursday on the news.