WSHU PUBLIC RADIO: Blumenthal Bill Targets Pharma’s Manipulation Of Patent System

By Christian Carter

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced legislation that he hopes will bring down the high cost of prescription drugs. The bill would foster competition and prohibit the number of patents a pharmaceutical company could file.

Blumenthal says the cost of insulin is out of reach for low-income families because of the lack of competition in the prescription drug industry. He says the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act would prevent drug manufacturers from abusing the patent system.

“One of the ways that they succeed in raising drug prices artificially and stopping competition is their misuse and abuse of patents. The impact for the country and Connecticut would be lower drug prices. Not only for insulin but for all pharmaceutical drugs.”

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