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Drug Pricing: What Happened in 2019 and What to Watch in 2020

Have you heard that drug prices are too high? If not, you have not been listening to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Alex Azar, or almost any member of Congress. In the past year, a dizzying array of drug pricing actions and proposals have come out of the White House and Congress, as well as the governor’s offices and legislative halls in most states.

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Proposed Legislation Would Authorize FDA To Approve Follow-on Biologics


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The "Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act," introduced in late September, would authorize the Food and Drug Administration to approve follow-on biologics that closely resemble previously approved biological products. In its current version, the bill provides manufacturers of follow-on biologics with virtually everything they could ask for. The bill gives FDA substantial discretion to approve follow-on biologics and, in sharp contrast to the current legislative scheme governing drugs, the bill would not afford innovator companies any period of marketing exclusivity whatsoever for their biologic products. As a result, the manufacturers of previously approved biological products would be well-served to follow the forthcoming legislative debate on this issue very closely. For more on the bill and its various provisions, please click "Download PDF" to read Ropes & Gray's client alert.

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