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A Closer Look (Patents Pending) #196902

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 01, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The introduction in Congress of a law to reform how drugs can be sold in cheaper generic form noted. {Note: local weather bulletin on screen.}

(Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Jackie Judd) The strategies by pharmaceutical companies to keep generic drugs off the market featured; examples cited of "patent stacking" by the makers of the ulcer/heartburn drug Prilosec, made by Astrazeneca. [National Institutes for Health Care Management Nancy CHOCKLEY - says more brand names manipulate the system to keep generics out.] [Andrx's Elliot HAHN, Generic Pharmaceutical Association William NIXON - cite Prilosec patent and sales.] [Pharmaceutical industry's Alan HOLMER - defends protecting patent rights.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) A note on drug prices mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie

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