Breaking Down 3 New Senate Bills Targeting Drug Prices

Law360 (April 18, 2019, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Three bills were introduced in the Senate last week that sponsors say aim to lower drug prices by speeding up approval of generic drugs, including by limiting stays of generic drug approvals tied to Hatch-Waxman Act patent cases. Here’s a look at how the bills would work.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., a gastroenterologist, introduced all three bills April 11 with numerous bipartisan co-sponsors and said in a statement that "to lower the cost of drugs, we need to increase competition. Getting generics to market faster increases access and saves money for patients and taxpayers."

The branded drug industry group Pharmaceutical Research...

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