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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 11:19 PM

Cornyn and Blumenthal introduced Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act of 2019

On Twitter Cornyn blamed Chuck Schumer for lack of movement in this bill.

I tried reading the bill and it seems a bit lackluster...do we have any lawyers who want to go over it? Sometimes we can get bipartisan bills with good sounding names, but the bills often benefit drug companies and Blumenthal is from an area with pharma companies. I can't make heads or tails out of this bill. It seems like mumbo-jumbo.

The bill is relatively bipartisan with 5 Dems, plus Angus King (6) and 7 GOP Cosponsors.

Thanks to anyone who can interpret this!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1416/cosponsors

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1416/text

Here's part of the bill. Kept it short to avoid copyright.....

(b) Prohibition on product hopping.—

“(1) PRIMA FACIE.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), a manufacturer of a reference product or listed drug shall be considered to have engaged in an unfair method of competition in or affecting commerce in violation of section 5(a) if the Commission demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence in a proceeding initiated by the Commission under subsection (c)(1)(A), or in a suit brought under subparagraph (B) or (C) of subsection (c)(1), that, during the period beginning on the date on which the manufacturer of the reference product or listed drug first receives notice that an applicant has submitted to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs an abbreviated new drug application or biosimilar biological product license application and ending on the date that is 180 days after the date on which that generic drug or biosimilar biological product is first marketed, the manufacturer engaged in either of the following actions:

“(A) The manufacturer engaged in a hard switch, which shall be established by demonstrating that the manufacturer engaged in either of the following actions:

“(i) Upon the request of the manufacturer of the listed drug or reference product, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs withdrew the approval of the application for the listed drug or reference product or placed the listed drug or reference product on the discontinued products list and the manufacturer marketed or sold a follow-on product.

“(ii) The manufacturer of the listed drug or reference product—

“(I) (aa)announced withdrawal of, discontinuance of the manufacture of, or intent to withdraw the application with respect to the drug or reference product in a manner that impedes competition from a generic drug or a biosimilar biological product, as established by objective circumstances; or

“(bb) destroyed the inventory of the listed drug or reference product in a manner that impedes competition from a generic drug or a biosimilar biological product, which may be established by objective circumstances; and

“(II) marketed or sold a follow-on product.

“(B) The manufacturer engaged in a soft switch, which shall be established by demonstrating that the manufacturer engaged in both of the following actions:

“(i) The manufacturer took actions with respect to the listed drug or reference product other than those described in subparagraph (A) that unfairly disadvantage the listed drug or reference product relative to the follow-on product described in clause (ii) in a manner that impedes competition from a generic drug or a biosimilar biological product that is highly similar to, and has no clinically meaningful difference with respect to safety, purity, and potency from, the reference product, which may be established by objective circumstances.

“(ii) The manufacturer marketed or sold a follow-on product.

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