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senate Bill S. 340

Should Branded Drug Manufacturers’ Anti-Competitive Practices Be Regulated?

Argument in favor

Branded drug companies are actively making it harder for generic drug manufacturers to develop and test new generic products, harming consumers and the federal government by keeping drug prices high and reducing competition. This bill would address the problem by making it easier for generic drug companies to get the information and branded product they need for generic development.

jimK's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Yes, regulating anti-competitive practices is a step forward to eliminate profiteering by drug manufacturers and help reduce drug costs. I believe that branded drugs are protected by patent laws for some period of time, as they should be to enable manufacturers to recoup development costs. After the patents expire, any effort to limit broader distribution by others must be regulated. I strongly believe that ‘real capitalism’ is an important aspect of a growing economy and provides the strong incentive to innovate and provide better, more economical and more useful products and services. I believe that ‘crony-capitalism’, which relies on purchasing political favor or subjugating competition is inherently destructive in that it removes the incentives that ‘pure-capitalism’ provides. That is why regulation like this is needed for the pharmaceutical industry and others. The reason that so many critically needed pharmaceuticals have increased so much in price recently needs to be investigated. I believe it to be another example of crony-capitalism at work. The prices have radically increased across the board so that when greater price controls are enacted, the drug companies can claim such undue hardship and company sacrifice when they will have to reduce prices to what was their former, and still profitable levels.
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Amy's Opinion
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11/22/2019
People should not be dying due to lack of prescription access in the world’s richest country.
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Dave's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Competitive drug market will not get though the senate, just like the 275 bills sitting on Mitch McConnell desk! The senate will block not only these bills that would help America, but will also block impeachment.
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Argument opposed

It’s incredibly expensive and difficult to develop a new branded drug, and the manufacturers that manage to do so rightfully should be able to make money on their branded product for however long it takes a generic company to develop the same formulation. Since this bill doesn’t end the seven-year exclusivity period for branded products, it’s unlikely to actually help generic products come to market faster — the only likely effect is that it’ll create frivolous lawsuits that don’t benefit anyone.

JTJ's Opinion
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11/22/2019
This harms innovation and benefits crooked lawyers.
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Matthew's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Congress does not have the constitutional authority to regulate drugs except where product crosses a state border. All other regulations are unconstitutional.
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Robert 's Opinion
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11/22/2019
How did we know Senator Leahy would be the author of this bill. When a drug company spends the time and money to develop a new drug it deserves the right to get that R&D money back. The easiest way to do this is give the developer of the new drug 3 years instead of 7 year to have exclusive market on the drug. Also when a company like the one that developed the AIDS or Hep C drugs some protections from law suits. It use to be that a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence and you were going to die in as short as 4 years. There was a desire to come out with some kind of cure at any cost to stop the AIDS epidemic. Now there are lawyers bringing these drug companies to court for all kinds of things. Lastly when a drug company has a new drug on the market with that first 3 years do not try to get all your R&D money back on the first bottle of pills you sell. I take a psoriasis shot that works extremely well and I have to take that shot every 3 months or 4 times per year. The cost per shot is $26,000 dollars per shot or for this one patient &104,000 per year. There are millions of people that have psoriasis and your drug works so many doctors would prescribe it if it was cheaper.
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    Yes, regulating anti-competitive practices is a step forward to eliminate profiteering by drug manufacturers and help reduce drug costs. I believe that branded drugs are protected by patent laws for some period of time, as they should be to enable manufacturers to recoup development costs. After the patents expire, any effort to limit broader distribution by others must be regulated. I strongly believe that ‘real capitalism’ is an important aspect of a growing economy and provides the strong incentive to innovate and provide better, more economical and more useful products and services. I believe that ‘crony-capitalism’, which relies on purchasing political favor or subjugating competition is inherently destructive in that it removes the incentives that ‘pure-capitalism’ provides. That is why regulation like this is needed for the pharmaceutical industry and others. The reason that so many critically needed pharmaceuticals have increased so much in price recently needs to be investigated. I believe it to be another example of crony-capitalism at work. The prices have radically increased across the board so that when greater price controls are enacted, the drug companies can claim such undue hardship and company sacrifice when they will have to reduce prices to what was their former, and still profitable levels.
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    This harms innovation and benefits crooked lawyers.
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    People should not be dying due to lack of prescription access in the world’s richest country.
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    Competitive drug market will not get though the senate, just like the 275 bills sitting on Mitch McConnell desk! The senate will block not only these bills that would help America, but will also block impeachment.
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    We need better and cheaper drugs. Instead of making people suffer with pain there has to be something to help
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    Yes, but only as a preliminary to National Healthcare program. The permafrost is melting and billions of new pathogens are being released into the environment. Without a national healthcare plan protecting all Americans, we are one deadly virus away from an economic disaster and national pandemic. Corporations cannot function without a working class. And the working class will be decimated by a national pandemic. FYI... in America we pay thousands of dollars in out of pocket costs for diabetics care. In Germany or the UK those same prescriptions and routine care average between 20-30 euros. And no, I am not diabetic, nor is anybody in my immediate family. I simply find it ridiculous that in one of the most affluent and innovative nation’s in the world, we are willing to potentially sacrifice 1 out of every 4 US citizens who happen to have a condition which at can be easily treated. Just so a highly profitable industry can become even more profitable and to the illusion of trickle down economic theory. Even when big Pharma does decide to give back, their whimsical offering is considered a charitable donation, and fully tax deductible. Ethical business practices should neither be optional, nor tax deductible. The current system, which is/has been highly subsidized by tax payers for generations, is not representative of a free market. Simply put... Funding for American education, healthcare, housing, and infrastructure should neither be dependent on the generosity of corporations, nor be placed below the interests of PRIVATE CORPORATE INTERESTS.
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    Impeach Trump! Or make him accountable. You will be voted out. Drug prices and insurance are out of control. The average person in Indiana can barely live. Get it together.
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    This will help create more competition and may lower drug prices. The whole research and development argument against this, falls on deaf ears. Especially when Insulin prices have tripled...a drug that was developed in 1923 by Fredrick Banting. He gave the patent away free, as it saved people’s lives. Poor man is spinning in his grave! We now have people dying, as they can’t afford their insulin...and it’s not because of research and development. It’s pure greed. Pure greed & universal healthcare also explain the differences between drug prices in our country compared to others. So, go ahead with this legislation, but better yet....support Medicare For All! Doing so will allow our government to negotiate drug prices & keep them low!!! Americans deserve better!!!
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    Another well-intentioned bill sent to die on MoscowMitch’s desk.
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    Yes, but they spend enough money in Washington to make representatives ignore the needs of the people they represent.
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    We need to take back the power from the drug manufacturers and provide better methods of getting affordable medicines to consumers. I wish drug companies would do this themselves, but they've shown that they won't, so they must be regulated. If Congress has to force them to set competitive but affordable prices, then so be it.
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    Here’s the truth from someone in the healthcare field. Very few pharmaceutical companies spend money doing serious research on drugs. They take information on research paid for by tax payers at the NIH, do a few studies skewed to get the results they want, then act as if they really did something while laws prevent them from having to disclose what actually changed in the new medicine they’re pushing to replace the old one at ten times the price. Drug companies need a lot more regulation. This doesn’t go nearly far enough.
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    It is time for the US Federal government to stop coddling drug companies. The Drug industry has played a fear game with American consumers and voters--and out elected representatives--for far too long. Allow reasonable patent protections
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    Competition is the heart of a successful capitalist system.
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    Big Pharma needs a major overhaul- why is it that the United States and New Zealand are the ONLY 2 countries that allow televised advertising - IT IS DISGUSTING- on constantly peddling drugs for EVERYTHING- and you wonder why the US has a drug problem
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    The cost to produce a drug argument has been debunked TIME AND AGAIN. A vast majority of R&D is conducted with taxpayer dollars. Stop gaslighting people who you owe for helping produce these drugs in the first place. The main reason the brand versions exist aren’t even because they’re new... sneaky tactics help regain/retain exclusivity long after the time that patent laws intended for rewarding scientific development successes. Stop letting greed matter more than human lives.
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    Drugs should be available to all people at the lost cost possible.
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    Yes, this is but one step in the access to affordable drugs and to better health care in general.
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    This bill will help lower the cost of prescription drugs and healthcare overall. By doing this in a bipartisan fashion shows Washington can work for the people.
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    Yes. This will help lower the cost of medications and make them more accessible to people!
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