'Evergreening' and other ways pharma companies manipulate patents
The patenting of a small change in an existing drug is part of a tried-and-true strategy of enveloping products with a series of protective patents.
By Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News|October 04, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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David Herzberg was alarmed when he heard that Richard Sackler, former chairman of opioid giant Purdue Pharma, was listed as an inventor on a new patent for an opioid addiction treatment.
Patent No. 9861628 is for a fast-dissolving wafer containing buprenorphine, a generic drug that has been around since the 1970s. Herzberg, a historian who focuses on the opioid epidemic and the history of prescription drugs, said he fears the patent could keep prices high and make it more difficult for poor addicts to get treatment.
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