Senate Bill Takes Aim at ‘Evergreening’ by Drug Companies

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Senate bill, drug patents
The author writes, “Sens. Dick Durbin and Bill Cassidy — a Democrat and a Republican — introduced a new bill yesterday that would tackle evergreening, the process by which branded drug companies extend their monopolies by tacking on additional patents. Where it stands: While the bill may reduce legal barriers to generic market entry, 'someone still has to go through all the trouble and expense to overturn the patent,' said Robin Feldman, a professor at UC Hastings.” Photo caption: Michael Fleshman / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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