Senate bill targets generic drug delay tactic

By Adam Lidgett (Oct 5, 2021, 6:02 p.m. EDT) – A bipartisan duo of senators are proposing legislation to prevent manufacturers of generic drugs with exclusive rights from blocking other generics for extended periods of time.

The Law on Expanding Access to Low-Cost Generics would attempt to curb a practice called “parking” exclusivity, a problem that has existed for years.

The first applicant for a generic drug benefits from a 180-day exclusivity as a financial incentive.

But by delaying obtaining final approval, the applicant can avoid the loss of exclusivity triggered by the non-marketing of an approved drug. Generic drug makers sometimes agree to postpone sales because …

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