FTC Chair Calls for Ban to Pay-For-Delay Settlements

On January 13, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission released a study critical of “pay-for-delay” patent litigation settlements by which brand-name drug companies pay generic competitors to keep generic drugs off the market. The same day, the Chairman of the FTC, Jon Leibowitz, and Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) held a news conference during which they urged Congress to include a provisional banning such settlements in the final health care reform bill.

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