Makers of copycat drugs will face pressure to bring down prices even more quickly as the U.S.Food and Drug Administration pushes to get more low-costcompetition to market.

The FDA wants to prioritize certain generic-drug applications inan effort to drive down prices, which have drawn increasingscrutiny from lawmakers and the ire of President Donald Trump. The agency hasits sights set on an incentive granted to drugmakers that are first to seek approval fora copy of a brand-name drug, according to a policy documentreleased Thursday.

Generic-drug makers must submit their medicines to the FDA forapproval. So-called first filers are typically able to sell theirversion of a brand-name drug free from competition from othergenerics for 180 days. When that period is up, the floodgates open-- though a backlog of applications awaiting FDA clearance hasmeant some first filers have had the market to themselves for farlonger.

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