US FDA, PTO Pulled Into Debate Over Patents And Drug Pricing
Senator Tillis requests the two agencies conduct an independent analysis of I-MAK data and the ‘false narrative’ that patents are to blame for high drug prices.
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A bipartisan group of senators has written to the US Patent and Trademark Office, urging it to tackle the impact of patent thickets on the generic and biosimilar drug industries.
Senators Hassan and Cassidy contend the lack of coordination between the two agencies may allow patent thickets to grow. Meanwhile, Sen. Tillis is pushing the agency to refute data alleging patents are to blame for high drug prices.
The Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge has responded to criticisms leveled by North Carolina senator Thom Tillis at a report it published in 2018. The report accuses pharmaceutical firms of using patent thickets to suppress generic and biosimilar competition in the US market.