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Last-ditch plea for "reverse payment" deals ban in US health reform bill

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The US Federal Trade Commission's chairman Jon Leibowitz, along with key Democratic lawmakers from the House of Representatives, have stepped up their call for inclusion of a provision in the healthcare reform legislation that would ban so-called "reverse payment" or "pay-for-delay" deals – the arrangements surrounding patent litigation whereby brand companies allegedly pay off generic competitors in exchange for a delayed generic launch.

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