By Matthew Lane, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse (CAPA) On March 9, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a public workshop to discuss their collaborative efforts to support appropriate adoption of biosimilars, discourage false or misleading statements about biosimilars, and deter anticompetitive behaviors in the […]

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WASHINGTON, DC: On the 10th anniversary of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) that created biosimilars, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) released a study on the potential savings employers and employees could have with increased biosimilars in the marketplace.  Inside Health Politicscovered the study which found that biologics – the most expensive class of […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Yesterday, Slate published a must-read op-ed by Matthew Lane, executive director of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse. In this thought-provoking and timely piece, Lane highlights the importance of ensuring transparency around the taxpayer costs for COVID-19 drug research so American patients are guaranteed a fair price when a coronavirus drug comes to […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: As first reported by Axios, a new must-read study from the JAMA Network found that between 2007 and 2018, the net price of brand-name prescription drugs rose by 60 percent. These findings underscore the financial challenges faced by American patients trying to afford the often life-saving prescription drugs they need. A significant driver of […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: While American patients struggle to pay for their prescription drugs, Big Pharma is spending unprecedented amounts on efforts to prevent more affordable medications and treatments. Recent reporting from STAT News and Politico Pro found that in 2019, the trade group PhRMA spent over $28.9 million to lobby Congress. This influx of […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: On Friday, Roll Call published the below op-ed by Matthew Lane, executive director of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse. In this thought-provoking piece, Lane praises the bipartisan efforts of last year, notably those of Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX), to rein in Big Pharma and lower prescription drug prices. […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This morning, The Washington Post published a must-read analysis highlighting how AbbVie’s use of tactics like patent thickets have allowed them to continue raising the price of their drug AbbVie while also preventing more affordable generic alternatives from coming to market. Today’s analysis follows recent reporting from Axios that AbbVie has begun 2020 by raising the price […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Axios reports that as of Friday, major pharmaceutical companies raised prices on over 440 drugs with an average price hike of 5 percent. Additional price increases are expected thought January. Through their use of manipulative tactics like evergreening and patent thicketing, Big Pharma has been able to extend their drug monopolies and prevent competitive drug […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This morning, Politico Pro and STAT News published two must-read reports from the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that highlight the negative impact Big Pharma continues to have on the ability of American patients to access innovative treatments and affordable generic drug alternatives. Both reports found that large pharmaceutical […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Richmond Times Dispatch published the below op-ed by Matthew Lane, executive director of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse. In this must-read piece, Lane praises the bipartisan efforts of Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Tom Reed (R-NY) to rein in Big Pharma’s patent abuse. Their bill, the Biologic Patent Transparency Act, would bring much-needed transparency […]

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