TERM ACT: CAPA Praises Another Bipartisan Effort to Stop Big Pharma’s Patent Abuse

Coalition thanks Representatives Jeffries, Collins, Mucarsel-Powell and Cline for introducing TERM Act, to stop major drug companies from using patent thickets to prevent affordable generic drugs and treatments from reaching American consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition Against Patent Abuse, a diverse coalition of healthcare providers, consumer groups, patient advocacy organizations, free market advocates and others released the following statement today in response to the legislation sponsored by Representatives Jeffries (NY-08),Doug Collins (GA-09), Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) and Cline (VA-06). The “Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated” (TERM) Act would address the use of patent thicketing by Big Pharma to extend their drug monopolies and prevent more affordable generic drug competition. The following statements are attributable to Matthew Lane, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse.

“CAPA praises Representatives Jeffries, Collins, Mucarsel-Powell and Cline for their bipartisan efforts to prevent Big Pharma from exploiting the U.S. patent system to block patients from accessing alternative and affordable medications and treatments.”

“For far too long, Big Pharma has abused and manipulated the patent system at the expense of patients. With American patients paying up to 65% more for prescription drugs than patients in other Western countries, we need Congressional action to stop Big Pharma from exploiting the patent system in order to raise the healthcare costs of all Americans.”

We applaud Representatives Jeffries, Collins, Mucarsel-Powell and Cline for their bipartisan leadership on this critical issue and for their efforts to rein in Big Pharma’s exploitation of America’s patent system. Our coalition looks forward to reviewing their legislation and working together to stop Big Pharma’s continually abusive behavior.”

For more information, please visit www.capanow.org

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About 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, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group.