Biogenerics get an unlikely ally — the Bush administration

The push to create a regulatory framework for generic versions of biotech drugs fizzled last year in Congress, as legislators seemed to lose interest after failing to attach the measure to a major FDA reform bill. But now it’s back, and has gained some unlikely friends in the Bush administration.

Biogenerics: The bad arguments just won’t stop

It’s always fascinating to see just how entitled biotechnology investors feel about the outsized rewards the industry bestows whenever one of their long-shot companies finally strikes it rich — not to mention how thoroughly that sense of entitlement seems to muddle their thinking.

Roundup: Biogenerics bill in limbo, clashing data on health IT benefits, the RNAi boom, and more

House-Senate confrontation set over biogenerics — Late last month, a key group of senators reached agreement on legislative provisions that would authorize copycat versions of biotech drugs, which are typically complex proteins manufactured by genetically engineered cells (see details here and here). These provisions would finally put biotech drugs — which don’t face cut-rate competition once their key patents expire — on a par with traditional pharmaceuticals, and have been a long time in coming. They’re not perfect, but they’re about as good a compromise as we’re likely to see any time soon..

“Generic” biologics: Another biotech battle begins

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