Proposed Bill Would Undermine Fair and Efficient Review Process
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jon Conradi
Washington, D.C. – The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing (CSRxP) issued a statement today on the introduction of The Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2019.
“Inter partes reviews (IPR) were established by Congress through the America Invents Act to ensure a fair and efficient process for reviewing the merit of patents,” said CSRxP executive director Lauren Aronson. “IPRs are a critical tool for challenging the abusive patent practices employed by Big Pharma to extend their monopolies on life-saving drugs — monopolies that enable their price-gouging.”
“We have serious concerns the STRONGER Act would undermine IPRs, making it harder and more burdensome to challenge Big Pharma’s abuse of the patent system and preventing more generics and biosimilars from coming to market,” Aronson continued. “At a time when one in four Americans struggle to afford their medications, Congress must remain focused on boosting competition and holding Big Pharma accountable. Lawmakers can’t risk further enabling the industry’s anti-competitive behavior.”
Big Pharma has opposed the IPR process specifically because it can allow generic manufacturers to challenge flawed patents and bring competition to the market sooner.