The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its crackdown on so-called "junk patents," which it contends are ploys intended to delay generic competition. "By filing bogus patent listings, pharma companies block competition and inflate the cost of prescription drugs, forcing Americans to pay sky-high prices for medicines they rely on," FTC Chair Lina Khan said.

The agency sent letters to 10 companies, warning that their patent listings were invalid. It also notified the Food and Drug Administration that it disputes the accuracy and relevance of more than 300 Orange Book patent listings.

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