Anti-Painkiller Abuse Bill Might Inflate Cost Of Generics

By Greg Ryan (July 19, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to require drug companies to make prescription painkillers tamper-resistant, part of a recent push to curtail abuse of the drugs, could drive up the cost of generic drugs by forcing generics makers to license anti-tampering intellectual property or develop their own, experts say.

The Stop Tampering of Prescription Pills Act of 2012, or STOPP Act, introduced by Reps. Bill Keating, D-Mass., and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., would mandate that drugmakers manufacture opioids to be resistant to crushing or otherwise made more likely to be abused. If a company fails to do so, the U.S. Food and...

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