Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rx Patent Overhaul Welcome Step Forward.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

While the complex and often confusing debate over the inclusion of prescription drug costs into Medicare continues in Congress, consumers gained ground last week on one score: More prescription drugs could become available at lower cost thanks to an overhaul of drug patent laws.

The Senate adopted, 94 to 1, changes that hasten generic drugs into the market by making it harder for brand-name companies to block competition once their patents expire.

It's the one piece of the mammoth Medicare overhaul on which nearly all parties seem to agree. The legislation codifies FDA rules issued earlier this month, and House Republicans and the White House have indicated support. …

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