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New Study Shows Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements Netted $25.5 Billion in Savings for U.S. Health System
Date:7/9/2013

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Generic pharmaceuticals launched prior to patent expiration due to a patent settlement helped the U.S. health system save $25.5 billion from 2005-2012 and brought generic medicines to market on average 81 months sooner than patent expiry, according to a new analysis conducted for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. An additional $61.7 billion will be saved if the current level of savings continues through to patent expiry for each molecule analyzed, the study projects.

"For years, opponents of pharmaceutical patent settlements with consideration have stated that settlements create a cost for consumers, the government and others. This new analysis provides the most current, complete and transparent estimate of the impact of patent settlements on health costs, and it shows that the opposite is true," said Ralph G. Neas, President and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. "In particular, the new analysis estimates that patent settlements – including those with consideration – have led to billions in savings. For example, the settlement involving Lipitor alone will save $22 billion over the next four years. This is critical for lawmakers to understand, because any further restrictions on settlements will put these savings at risk."

The study analyzed a set of 33 molecules subject to patent settlements between 2005 and 2012 and measured the savings resulting from lower cost generics entering the market in advance of the each molecule's patent expiration date as recorded in the FDA's Orange Book. In addition, arithmetic modeling was used to estimate the proportion of patent settlements with consideration to derive estimated savings.

Key findings include:

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