EU To Request Drug Patent Deal Details

Law360, New York (November 19, 2009, 2:05 PM EST) -- The head of the European Commission's pharmaceutical task force reportedly told drug companies Thursday of plans to ask for details on patent deals with generic-drug makers that are suspected of delaying the entry of cheaper drugs into the market.

"We will ask companies to give a copy of patent settlements between July 2008 to December 2009," the head of the commission's pharmaceutical sector inquiry task force, Dominik Schnichels, said at an industry conference Thursday, Reuters reported.

"We will not take the view per se that patent...
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