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The Biden Administration on Thursday announced it is setting new policy that will allow it to seize patents for medicines developed with government funding if it believes their prices are too high.

The policy creates a roadmap for the government's so-called march-in rights, which have never been used before. They would allow the government to grant additional licenses to third parties for products developed using federal funds if the original patent holder does not make them available to the public on reasonable terms.

Under the draft roadmap, seen by Reuters, the government will consider factors including whether only a narrow set of patients can afford the drug, and whether drugmakers are exploiting a health or safety issue by hiking prices.

"We'll make it clear that when drug companies won't sell taxpayer funded drugs at reasonable prices, we will be prepared to allow other companies to provide those drugs for less," White House adviser Lael Brainard said on a press call.

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[-] Gradually_Adjusting@lemmy.world 69 points 2 months ago

Badass. Thanks Joe

[-] SinningStromgald@lemmy.world 49 points 2 months ago
[-] LifeInMultipleChoice@lemmy.world 47 points 2 months ago

Being that he focused on Insulin being brought down to no more than $35 a month for medicaid, it is a high likelyhood that is one of the first drugs on the list.

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[-] youngGoku@lemmy.world 41 points 2 months ago

This is a huge step in the right direction.... All these post docs funding their research with federal grants then when they discover/create a successful drug they price it as if they funded the research themselves.

[-] Supervisor194@lemmy.world 17 points 2 months ago

I will never understand why all the sheep who goddamn hate socialism so much defend it to their last breath when its corporations getting it so they can turn around and fuck the country sideways.

[-] isles@lemmy.world 5 points 2 months ago

If we don't save the corpos, how else will it trickle down to us?!

[-] Croquette@sh.itjust.works 2 points 2 months ago

Because, one day, they might be the ones that can fuck people sideway and get filthy rich.

[-] ElleChaise@kbin.social 0 points 2 months ago

Wait til you hear how the internet is funded.

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[-] chitak166@lemmy.world 39 points 2 months ago

We could've done this the entire time.

[-] aniki@lemm.ee -4 points 2 months ago

Instead we got Obama care, which penalizes you for not being able to afford COBRA.

[-] pedestrian@links.hackliberty.org 32 points 2 months ago

In 2017, Congress eliminated financial penalties associated with failing to comply with the mandate, which becomes effective in 2019.

Source: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2018/jul/eliminating-individual-mandate-penalty-behavioral-factors

[-] isles@lemmy.world 11 points 2 months ago

Thanks for fighting misconceptions, friend!

[-] aniki@lemm.ee 9 points 2 months ago
[-] SpookyUnderwear@eviltoast.org 35 points 2 months ago

I'm usually not in favor of government intervention/overreach, but it's not like corporations are going to do anything in our favor, and many people need specific medication to, you know, be alive. So +1 for the federal government.

[-] Conyak@lemmy.tf 32 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

I’m a big fan of government intervention considering the festering shit hole of a country capitalism has created for us.

[-] wintermute_oregon@lemm.ee 25 points 2 months ago

If the government funded the development, the government should own the patent or at least own a portion of it.

They should be paid for their investment and those funds use to fund other healthcare.

[-] Norgur@kbin.social 22 points 2 months ago

I bet he won't even have to use this power and prices will miraculously decline by themselves. During the energy crisis after Russia attacked Ukraine, our German power companies and oil refineries came under scrutiny as a (albeit badly drafted) government program to lower gas prices just didn't lower prices at all. Our energy secretary then made an announcement that the government was checking if they could get the anti-trust-agency involved for price hiking and split up some companies if need be. The next day, die to "some lucky events on the world oil markets" prices for oil started to go down. It was a miracle!

[-] MicroWave@lemmy.world 15 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

I can see that. When California announced earlier this year that it would begin to make its own insulin and sell it for $30, companies suddenly began dropping their prices to $35 to match.

https://www.npr.org/2023/03/19/1164572757/california-contract-cheap-insulin-calrx

[-] Nobody@lemmy.world 9 points 2 months ago

The vast majority of problems are caused by companies price gouging, from medicine to groceries. I just hope the threats are backed with action if they refuse to lower prices.

[-] Godric@lemmy.world 4 points 2 months ago

I've always found it interesting how the threat of government intervention gets companies to behave properly. I suppose they'd rather voluntarily be less garbage than be forced to by law.

[-] frezik@midwest.social 3 points 2 months ago

Be careful what you wish for. Congress started looking into video game violence in the 90s, threatening to put some regulations down. The industry responded by creating the ESRB and its ratings system, and congress left them alone. It's questionable if congress could have actually done anything that passes constitutional scrutiny, but the industry would have had to spend a lot of money to fight that battle, and this was a better outcome for them.

Now, I think that was initially a win for the average gamer--nothing gets banned, and the industry comes up with universal ratings guidelines. However, just like the MPAA rating system, it can be used to bully out independents. The ESRB also creates a framework for legally defending the industry's ability to put lootboxes and other exploitative gambling mechanics into games. Now you need to supervise your kid playing FIFA more than any Mortal Kombat game.

[-] greenskye@lemm.ee 1 points 2 months ago

Sorry I'm out of touch with this these days, but does the esrb even matter anymore? At least on PC a lot of games aren't even rated. Or if they are, it's barely a factor. And lots of kids just play mobile games, which also aren't rated by the ESRB either.

[-] frezik@midwest.social 1 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

They're still a lobbying arm of the industry. They can also slap an AO rating on something and big retailers won't carry it.

They also run e3, but that's pretty much dead now, too.

Edit: and I realized I should have said "ESA", not "ESRB". ESA is the organization, ESRB is the ratings system.

[-] DrDeadCrash@programming.dev 14 points 2 months ago

This is good, they should do it when the mfg can't keep up supply, also.

[-] wintermute_oregon@lemm.ee -1 points 2 months ago

for many drugs, they could use the defense act. Not having medications is a national defense issue.

We really need to being more manufacturing of drugs back to America.

[-] namelivia@lemmy.world 5 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

I was seeing Kitana from Mortal Kombat in the picture, am I the only one?

[-] autotldr@lemmings.world 3 points 2 months ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:


Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Biden Administration on Thursday announced it is setting new policy that will allow it to seize patents for medicines developed with government funding if it believes their prices are too high.

Under the draft roadmap, seen by Reuters, the government will consider factors including whether only a narrow set of patients can afford the drug, and whether drugmakers are exploiting a health or safety issue by hiking prices.

Megan Van Etten, a spokesperson for the leading pharmaceutical industry lobby group PhRMA, said allowing the government to use march-in rights based on price would stunt innovation and harm patients.

Under Bayh-Dole, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has the power to seize patents of federally-funded medicines, but the agency's former director Francis Collins said it did not have the authority to use march-in rights to lower drug prices.

Progressive lawmakers in the Democratic Party have this year heaped criticism on drugmakers that developed therapies with government funding, and called on President Joe Biden's administration to use its march-in authority to lower drug prices.

In March, Moderna (MRNA.O) CEO Stephane Bancel was called to testify in Congress after the company flagged plans to raise the price of its COVID-19 vaccine to as much as $130 per dose, drawing the ire of Democratic U.S.


The original article contains 584 words, the summary contains 216 words. Saved 63%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

[-] norbert@kbin.social 3 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Who is diabetes.org? Why are they underwritten by a bunch of pharmaceutical companies? Why are the only two reasons listed essentially regulations?

You'll have to forgive my skepticism but I'm not sure how impartial that site is or what interest they actually have in curing diabetes.

Diabetes.org IS big pharma.

[-] Jaysyn@kbin.social 1 points 2 months ago
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