Senate Bill Targets Reverse Payments

Law360, New York (January 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he would introduce legislation to ban so-called reverse payments, saying deals between branded and generic drug makers delay cheaper drugs and cost consumers billions of dollars.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, dubbed the bill the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act and revealed it during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

According to Sen. Leahy and the bill's cosponsors, the act would explicitly prohibit brand-name drug makers from using payoff agreements...
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