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ADVISORY: Low Cost Solutions to Health Care Through Generic Competition

FTC Chairman John Leibowitz and a panel of experts discuss recent developments on generic competition

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277
Email: mmeth@americanprogress.org

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:30am – 11:00am

Washington, DCTwenty-five years ago Congress established a regulatory regime to facilitate generic drug creation, and the availability of these drugs has resulted in substantial consumer savings. With Congress addressing the health care issue this summer, it is important that we now consider the potential public savings made possible from ensuring access to affordable medicine through increased generic competition.

Many are also concerned that patent settlements involving innovator and generic firms are delaying new generic drugs from entering the market. These settlements significantly increase health care costs, and some commentators estimate that they cost consumers billions annually in higher drug prices. Congress and antitrust enforcers are taking steps to address this problem.

Please join the Center for American Progress as Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz discusses recent developments on the issue. A panel of distinguished experts will also talk about generic drug competition and a report issued by CAP on competition in the pharmaceutical markets.

Keynote speaker:

Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

Featured Panelists:

Seth Bloom, General Counsel, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Heather Bresch, Chief Operating Officer, Mylan Labratories, Inc.

Michael Carrier, Professor, Rutgers University

Gerald Masoudi, Partner, Covington & Burling

Bernard Sherman, Chief Executive Officer, Apotex Inc.

Moderated by:

David Balto, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.

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Location

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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