[Ip-health] Survey: US Health Agency Should Use Patent Rights To Keep Drugs Affordable
Biotech. Info. Inst.
biotech at biopharma.com
Thu Sep 5 10:30:27 PDT 2013
Yes, the subject itself, 'reasonable pricing' for NIH licensed pharmaceutical products, and related controversies seem to have largely faded away. Since the 1990s, it seems that there have been fewer and less significant pharmaceutical products directly enabled by or highly dependent on NIH patents (and CRADAs) -- less impact to be concerned about. This includes fewer (seemingly no) new blockbusters, and fewer (seemingly no) pharmaceuticals that are the only or best treatments available for high profile diseases (unlike multiple NIH-licensed HIV drugs in the past). Plus, many of those seeking pharmaceutical IP-related reforms, as reflected in this group, have seemingly turned their attention to India and other developing countries, where the problems are much greater, and with these countries' IP regulations less sophisticated and set in their ways, activists can have more of an impact. Other controversies, such as Myriad/gene/diagnostic patents, have gotten much of the recent attention of those in the U.S.
And with NIH patents of interest mostly involving biotech/biopharmaceuticals vs. drugs/chemical substances, the nature of patents in this area has evolved, with it now more difficult to get as broad patents as were issued in the past. [Yes, the pharmaceutical industry whines and complains about this, but that does not make my observation untrue or me a lackey of Big Pharma].
Ronald A. Rader
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On Sep 4, 2013, at 4:38 PM, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org> wrote:
> Ronald Rader, since the 1990s, there is almost a news blackout on the pricing of NIH funded drugs. I think our recent survey is the only thing I have seen on the topic that involves polling.
> On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM, Biotech. Info. Inst. <biotech at biopharma.com> wrote:
> Most everyone reading this likely has strong opinions on the these topics. My questions, like the topic, concerned what is the state of U.S. general public knowledge and opinion.
> So, are there any recent survey, polling or other data concerning U.S. public (or health care professionals') knowledge and attitudes towards NIH pharmaceutical product-related patent licensing, related 'reasonable pricing' issues, etc.?" I vaguely recall there were some such data way back (in the early-mid 1990s?) when 'reasonable pricing' for pharmaceuticals resulting from NIH CRADAs was a hot topic.
> Thank you.
> Ronald A. Rader
> Biotechnology Information Institute
> 1700 Rockville Pike, Suite 400
> Rockville, MD 20852
> Phone: 301-424-0255
> E-mail: biotech at biopharma.com
> Web sites: www.biopharma.com; www.bioinfo.com
> On Sep 4, 2013, at 1:23 PM, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org> wrote:
>> Ronald Rader,
>> If the NIH funds the R&D for a new drug, it seems both unreasonable and appalling to me that US consumers would pay more for that drug than is charged in other high income countries. I personally don't think that extends to prices in lower income countries, where I hope that prices are lower. The Survey responses show that a very large proporiation of the public shares our view, as regards pricing of NIH funded drugs in high income countries.
>> If the US imposes reference pricing oblgiations on NIH funded drugs, it would be easy to administer, and not require anything in particular as regards foreign prices, but it would protect US consumers from paying more, when they have already subdizied the development of the R&D, *AND* have rights in the patented inventions. I believe this set of facts applies to about 7 percent of FDA approved drugs, over the past five years, so it is not going to solve all problems as regards drug pricing, but it will impact one significant and important set of drugs.
>> You can create all sorts of other policy questions to vet or survey, of course. But this is one that we are focusing on right now.
> James Love. Knowledge Ecology International
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