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Patent extension policy for paediatric indications

Richard Nelson (), Carrie McAdam-Marx, Megan Evans, Robert Ward, Benjamin Campbell, Diana Brixner and Joanne Lafleur

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 2011, vol. 9, issue 3, pages 171-181

Abstract: Makers of the branded drugs evaluated were given market exclusivity extensions for conducting studies of their medications in children. The costs found in this study are just a small portion of the total paid, which include those born by other payers. Whether the benefits of this policy outweigh these costs is an open question, but these results suggest that the costs to Medicaid and thus taxpayers are substantial. Copyright Adis Data Information BV 2011

Date: 2011
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