OPINION: Stop Pharma Hopping Mischief

Law360, New York (July 12, 2016, 11:51 AM EDT) -- In the classic "Peanuts" gag, Lucy holds out a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Lucy promises Charlie she will hold it still. Charlie, believing Lucy, runs full speed at the ball — only to fall flat on his back as she pulls it away. When this happens in the funny papers, we laugh. When it happens in the drug industry — consumers lose tens of billions of dollars.

On July 14, the Third Circuit will hear oral arguments in a case where branded manufacturers will argue that it is OK to be Lucy, always pulling the ball away from generic...

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