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house Bill H.R. 1503

Should the FDA’s ‘Orange Book’ of Approved Drug Patents Be Improved to Promote Competition?

Argument in favor

The Orange Book is an important resource for generic drug development. Generic drugs offer lower prices to consumers, and should be supported by the federal government through initiatives such as the Orange Book.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/08/2019
A bit of competition from the generic companies might inspire Big Pharma to get its prices in line with what we can afford, even if it means cutting CEO’s outrageous compensation. I support this.
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05/08/2019
Yes. The orange book on patents on prescription drugs must be kept up to date and made to work for the people- as well as for drug companies. The companies should not be allowed weaponize the orange book to artificial screw people over on drug prices.
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Leslie's Opinion
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05/08/2019
I'm all for anything to bring down the SKYROCKETING price of drugs. A Democratic introduced this Bill, so I am praying that this will streamline the entire process. Why it would take a year to go thru these patents is beyond me. Out here in the Real World things move at a much more rapid pace.
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Argument opposed

The patent invalidation process can be lengthy if the patent holder appeals, so keeping the Orange Book current may prove difficult. This bill could harm innovation in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries by empowering generic manufacturers.

Christian's Opinion
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05/08/2019
I probably sound like a broken record at this point but, I will always be for less government. The least amount we need to still function. Any kind of added red tape will slow down even further the development of generics. The FDA already moves at a glacial pace. It doesn't need anything slowing it down.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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05/08/2019
It is another government buy off. Creating another law to create another government agency. We already have the FDA who can not keep up with new medicines or food inspections. Yes we need to get costs down but creating more government is not the answer. It stop lobbying and pharmaceuticals paying into congress campaign funds.
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cpreston2's Opinion
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05/08/2019
The discussion of invalidating patents concerns me. Could this bill lead to invalidating patents so generics manufacturers could bring competing products to market sooner?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed May 8th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 422 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 5th, 2019

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    A bit of competition from the generic companies might inspire Big Pharma to get its prices in line with what we can afford, even if it means cutting CEO’s outrageous compensation. I support this.
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    I probably sound like a broken record at this point but, I will always be for less government. The least amount we need to still function. Any kind of added red tape will slow down even further the development of generics. The FDA already moves at a glacial pace. It doesn't need anything slowing it down.
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    Yes. The orange book on patents on prescription drugs must be kept up to date and made to work for the people- as well as for drug companies. The companies should not be allowed weaponize the orange book to artificial screw people over on drug prices.
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    I'm all for anything to bring down the SKYROCKETING price of drugs. A Democratic introduced this Bill, so I am praying that this will streamline the entire process. Why it would take a year to go thru these patents is beyond me. Out here in the Real World things move at a much more rapid pace.
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    Big pharma has chased off competition to save their inflated drug prices for too long. Back 2001, pharmaceutical companies tried to keep generic AIDS from being sold to poor countries who couldn’t afford the more expensive drugs. How selfish. And these companies will say that they are “helping” people? Please review this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/26/world/us-drops-case-over-aids-drugs-in-brazil.html
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    We must lower the cost of healthcare
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    We should also stop the patenting of drugs developed by public sector funding.
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    As a retired RN and family therapist, I reluctantly support this bill. My clinical experience is that generic drugs don’t always work as well as the original name brand, perhaps because a single element is so important or because of being produced with less stringent oversight or more quickly when profit is decreased. Life saving drugs/meds should be available to those who need them. I’d want this option for needed drugs I couldn’t afford rather than no opt ion.
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    Another NO BRAINER. YES.
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    The Orange Book is an important resource for generic drug development. Generic drugs offer lower prices to consumers, and should be supported by the federal government through initiatives such as the Orange Book. Republicans should not have been frozen out of making this bill.
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    Competition is good for lower prices
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    I agree with anything that will lower drug prices. People should not have to choose between food and life saving medication. There has to be a provision that stat that if a generic does not work as well ass the name brand, people can still aces it. Another way to lower prices is to stop the lobbyists. They pay congress big money to stop things like this
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    Yes to HR-1503! The FDA’s ‘Orange Book’ of Approved Drug Patents must Be Improved to Promote Competition. However, we must have Medicare for all which would allow the government to negotiate the lowest prices on a mass scale to reduce the cost of Health Care in our nation! This will lead to an increase living wage employment in our nation by reducing the cost of Labor and eliminating for profit Healthcare insurance's exorbitant costs❗🗽
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    Drugs that are going off patent should not have protections. Period. Their formulations should become public and competition should be encouraged. As is, the pharma industry does everything it can to discourage competition and raise drug prices beyond ethical and legal boundaries. So, as an industry, their protestations should hold little legal or public sympathy.
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    The discussion of invalidating patents concerns me. Could this bill lead to invalidating patents so generics manufacturers could bring competing products to market sooner?
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    If other countries, such as Canada, can provide universal health care and legal, non-addictive, alternative herbal pain re-LEAF 🍃😉.... the least our country can do is push legislation that decreases the socioeconomic gap between those that can afford medication and those who cannot.
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    Competition is part of how we lower health care costs.
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    It is another government buy off. Creating another law to create another government agency. We already have the FDA who can not keep up with new medicines or food inspections. Yes we need to get costs down but creating more government is not the answer. It stop lobbying and pharmaceuticals paying into congress campaign funds.
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    Finally, something in congress to take a small step toward medicine cost reduction. Now go Bi-Partisan and fix tort reform, medicare prescription negotiations with drug companies and force insurance companies in ACA offer throughout all of NC ( not just cherry pick markets)!
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    Competition and being able to get insurance across state lines will also reduce the cost of healthcare
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