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Senate Passes MMA Amendment Requiring FTC and DOJ Review of Biosimilar Patent Litigation Settlements

Yesterday, the Senate overwhelmingly (98-2) passed the “Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act” (S.2554), which includes amendments to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (“MMA”) that require patent litigation settlements between a Reference Product Sponsor and a biosimilar applicant under section 351(k) to be submitted…

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Congressman Sarbanes Introduces Bill to Curb "Pay-For-Delay" Agreements - UPDATED with Proposed Legislation

On July 23, 2018, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Biosimilars Competition Act of 2018, meant to curb “pay-for-delay” agreements entered into by biologic and biosimilar drug manufacturers.  According to Congressman Sarbanes, the purpose of the bill is to help lower the cost of prescription drugs by affirmatively giving…

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Vermont and Connecticut Enact Interchangeable Biosimilar Substitution Bills

Last month we reported that Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Alaska were in the process of considering biosimilar substitution bills.  Vermont and Connecticut recently enacted their respective bills. On May 30, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed bill S.92 into law as Act No. 193.  The Act directs pharmacists to dispense…

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Proposed Amendment to Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA Could Curb IPRs by Generic and Biosimilar Applicants

On June 13, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), co-author of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (aka the “Hatch-Waxman Act”), proposed an amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee to modify the inter partes review (IPR) process for pharmaceuticals.  The amendment, titled the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018, would require aBLA…

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President Trump’s Remarks on Lowering Drug Prices; Industry Reactions

On May 11, President Trump delivered remarks about his administration’s new plan to help lower drug prices.  The President blamed “soaring drug prices” on “everyone involved in the broken system,” including “the drug makers, insurance companies, distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, and many others,” such as “middlemen,” “special interests” as well…

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