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GPhA Statement on the Introduction of the Bipartisan Biogenerics Consensus Bill: 'Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act'
Date:3/11/2009

fordable biogenerics. They've heard that the FDA scientists want the authority and flexibility to determine how to best ensure safety and efficacy. And they've heard that significant cost savings will result from bringing biogenerics to consumers.

"This bipartisan bill recognizes our health care system's successful experience with generic medicines for the past 25 years. The market exclusivity provisions in Hatch-Waxman have clearly demonstrated that we can achieve the much-needed balance between pharmaceutical competition and innovation for the benefit of consumers, payors and state and federal governments. We've done it before with generics and we can do it again with biogenerics.

"Now, it's time for action. Now, more than ever, it's time to put patients first.

"During these difficult economic times, there must be increased urgency to support solutions that strengthen health care while reducing costs. 'The Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act' is the right solution for high quality care at affordable costs."

GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk active pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic drug industry. Generics represent 69% of the total prescriptions dispensed in the United States, but only 16% of all dollars spent on prescription drugs. For more information on biogenerics, please log on to www.gphaonline.org.


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