OxyContin Being Tested On Kids... So Drugmaker Can Get 6 More Months Of Patent Protection

from the skewed-priorities dept

Want a sense of just how screwed up the incentives of our patent system are today? Purdue Pharma, the makers of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, is now running clinical tests to get the FDA to approve its use for kids as young as 6-years-old. Why? Because the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act section 505A includes a little "gift": if drugmakers conduct clinical studies for their drugs with kids, they can get six more months of patent protection. So even if they don't even sell OxyContin to six year olds, just securing the extended patent, thanks to the massive monopoly rents given to drugs still on patent, Purdue is likely to profit massively. Lots of people are reasonably troubled by this:
“They are doing (the pediatric trial) for patent exclusivity, there’s no doubt about it in my mind — not out of largesse,” said Dr. Elliot Krane, director of pain management at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. “That’s important for their bottom line.”
Of course, some will argue that if this provides better drug availability to kids, and those drugs really help the kids, then perhaps this isn't a bad thing. But, no matter what, the incentives here are highly questionable.

Filed Under: clinical trials, drug patents, fda, oxycontin
Companies: purdue pharma

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    satvairic, 1 Jun 2013 @ 5:36pm

    Re: Screw the patent and copyright

    Im with ya and when it comes to Foam,n at the Mouth I think you can see Behind there gaame from Both sides and are Crooked just like the crack dealer on the streets the FDA is just the street pawn but the real drug deals are going thru the whitehouse,,they ban Oxy old Formula but Endo trys ta sue too and loses so there is old formula Opand out there rite Now that is even Higher in addiction since no genrics of a regulated addition than dirty street Smck thats about to sTART TO HAPPEN ALL OVER! Cuz of oxy genrics the herion went so cheap and they were made by there bosses to make it stronger to compete with the legal drug dealers and its ben working in Folds rehabs and counslers want you to see any kind of drug bad and treat it if it ment there jobs!! ya think!!they were automaticly on the no genrics is there any genric Herion thtas safe to take as needed Like the prime minister in canada said to all yhe poltical partys tells a science test whats safe and not safe to take as recommended and Canadams sciencetist did just that looked at the drug it self and testsed and for it to be safe to take ass needed and recomended so it was Passed with out a blink of an eye with all that Political Power pressure Hanging on her shoulders she followed what rite,and also said what the untied states is about to face by letting political powere pulling the strings!! and its happenning just pay mind to certain things and you too will see thru the gov bullshit even if ya never took or had to take any of these pain meds,,

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