Lawmakers Eye Biosimilar-Delay Deals, But None Are Here Yet

By Bryan Koenig (February 22, 2019, 9:46 PM EST) -- Pay-for-delay deals staving off generic competition have become a favorite target for lawmakers eager to be seen combating soaring pharmaceutical costs and for antitrust enforcers who believe consumers are hurt when drug companies agree to postpone the introduction of generics. Promoting such competition for biological therapies may be next on Washington's list.

One therapy niche that has been free of pay-for-delay enforcement action so far is biologics, a novel type of treatment in which therapies are grown in a lab rather than chemically synthesized like traditional pharmaceuticals. Competition enforcers and private plaintiffs have yet to make any allegations that drug companies...

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