The Bills Aim To Curb Patent Abuses By Drug Companies, And Shine A Light On Secret Practices Of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement was issued by Merith Basey, executive director of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now, in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance a package of five bipartisan bills that would lower drug prices and promote both competition and innovation by curbing anticompetitive behavior committed by pharmaceutical corporations and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs): 

“On behalf of patients all across the country, thank you Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing legislation to help fix key elements of our rigged drug price system. We fully support the bills to crack down on patent abuse, increase coordination between the FDA and USPTO to ensure patents are used to reward innovation and not to unfairly block competition, as well as investigate the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Together these bills can help to restore balance to our drug price system and increase competition to lower drug prices for patients.

“We urge Senate Majority Leader Schumer to bring these bills to the floor for a vote as soon as possible, and we call on each senator to support the passage of this bipartisan package intact without any weakening amendments from Big Pharma.”