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FTC Issues Report on Authorized Generics

by Joseph F. Winterscheid

On Wednesday, August 31, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report on "Authorized Generic Drugs: Short-Term Effects and Long-Term Impacts."  In the report, the Commission indicated that it would take a hard-line approach to pay-for-delay deals in which brand-name drug makers agree to defer introduction of their own generic formulations in exchange for competitors delaying entry into the market.  The report signals that the FTC pay-for-delay pharmaceutical patent settlements continue to be a "hot button" at the FTC, including deals that contain commitments by branded players to withhold generic versions of their own products.  

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