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Federal Trade Commission Reports: Authorized Generics, During the 180-day Exclusivity Period, Benefit Consumers and the American Healthcare System
Date:6/25/2009

- Authorized Generics Benefit Consumers and Save the American Healthcare System Money

CINCINNATI, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Prasco Laboratories, a Mason-based independent authorized generic company, applauds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for issuing their interim report on the short and long-term effects of authorized generics on competition in the prescription drug marketplace.

Prasco commends the FTC in its approach. "This Interim Report is the result of a long and arduous process in response to a 2005 request by Senators Leahy, Grassley, and Rockefeller to review the impact of the practice of authorized generics on competition during the 180-day exclusivity period," stated E. Thomas Arington, Chairman and CEO of Prasco. "The Commission's analysis supports the pro-consumer impact of the increased competition that authorized generics bring to the generic drug industry, and the resulting savings to the American consumer," stated Arington.

According to the Interim Report, the FTC found that:

  • "...[C]onsumers benefit and the healthcare system saves money during the 180-day exclusivity period when an AG enters the market..." FTC report Authorized Generics: An Interim Report - June 2009; pg. 2

  • "...[C]onsumer harm arises from the absence of AG competition against an ANDA generic, not from the presence of AG competition against an ANDA generic." FTC report Authorized Generics: An Interim Report - June 2009; pg. 4

  • "I concur in the bottom-line conclusion of the Commission's Interim Report that the Report cannot properly be read to support a legislative ban on the marketing of Authorized Generics (AGs) during the 180-day exclusivity period (or otherwise) or to suggest that AGs are harmful to consumers." Concurring stat
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