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Overview of the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Legislative Background

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Publication Date: April 2002

Publisher(s): Families USA

Topic: Health (Pharmaceutical services)

Type: Brief


This issue brief describes loopholes in the 1984 "Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act" (known as the Hatch-Waxman Amendments) that permit brand-name drug manufacturers to minimize competition by delaying the market entry of generic drugs