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U.S. Effort To Close Patent Loophole Seen Affecting Indian Generics

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Indian generics makers are expected to be among the most-affected by a U.S. decision to plug loopholes that allow brand-generic patent deals. The deals often involve a brand-name drug maker and generics makers reaching agreements to settle patent disputes. Ranbaxy Laboratories and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories have been involved in several settlements with major pharmas, helping to spark the U.S. Federal Trade Commission concern about anti-competitive practices. The agency threatened action to prevent the primary effect of the deals, which the FTC says delays the availability of the cheaper generics on the U.S. market. The action could include legislation to amend current law that allows the deals. (Click here for more

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