Niskanen Center Joins Coalition Against Patent Abuse

Bipartisan Effort Grows to Stop Big Pharma From Gaming System & Price-Gouging Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition Against Patent Abuse, a diverse coalition of healthcare providers, consumer groups, patient advocacy organizations, free market advocates and others, today announced that the Niskanen Center has joined its organization: 

“The Niskanen Center is a welcome addition to our growing and diverse organization of members. We are equally committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to safe and affordable medicine,” said Matthew Lane, Executive Director of CAPA. “We look forward to working with them toward solutions that rein in Big Pharma’s patent abuse and lower prescription drug prices for patients.” 

“Abuse of the patent system by pharmaceutical companies is a major driver of sky-high drug prices,” said Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Policy at Niskanen and co-author of The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality. “While patent protection in this field is a necessary evil to make invention possible, our current system goes far past that point and increases inequality while suppressing further innovation. We are excited to join the Coalition Against Patent Abuse as an ally to promote reforms that will make the market fairer by making it freer.” 

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About Niskanen
The Niskanen Center, which launched operations in January 2015, is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) think tank that works to promote an open society: a social order that is open to political, cultural, and social change; open to free inquiry; open to individual autonomy; open to the poor and marginalized; open to commerce and trade; open to people who may wish to come or go; open to different beliefs and cultures; open to the search for truth; and a government that protects these freedoms while advancing the cause of open societies around the world. 

About the Coalition Against Patent Abuse (CAPA)
The Coalition Against Patent Abuse are healthcare providers, consumer groups, patient advocacy organizations, free market advocates, employers, and others fighting abuses of the patent system that can extend government-granted monopolies that illegitimately keep drug prices high for years, or even decades. Our members include the following groups and organizations: America’s Health Insurance Plans, Association for Accessible Medicines, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, Citizen Outreach, Consumer Action, Innovation Defense Fund, Institute for Liberty, Kaiser Permanente, Knowledge Ecology International, Lincoln Network, R Street Institute, Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, Niskanen Center, SEIU and U.S. Public Interest Research Group.