Drugmakers Fire Back At FTC Over Pay To Delay

Published: Aug 13, 2010

Pharmalot -- For months, US Federal Trade Commission commish Jon Leibowitz has argued that passing legislation to restrict pay-for-delay deals between brand name and generic drugmakers will save consumers billions of dollars over the next decade (back story). He has pointed to a Congressional Budget Office study forecasting nearly $2 billion in savings over 10 years and an FTC study that estimates savings of $3.5 billion annually. And he has maintained restrictions would speed the arrival of low-cost generics by more than a year onto pharmacy shelves.

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