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FTC Pushes Congress To Pass Drug Settlement Bill

Law360 (June 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A top Federal Trade Commission official on Wednesday urged lawmakers to pass legislation banning so-called reverse payment patent settlements between brand-name pharmaceutical companies and their generic competitors.

The FTC's Bureau of Competition Director Richard A. Feinstein told a House Judiciary Committee hearing that the settlements now common in U.S. drug industry patent disputes are anti-competitive, and block rapid consumer access to lower-cost generics.

The settlements also impose additional costs on the country's health care system, Feinstein argued.

The FTC strongly backs H.R. 1706, the Protecting Consumer...
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