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Monday, April 21, 2014

Generic Drug Manufacturers Get a Favorable Signal From The US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has given generic drug manufacturers a favorable signal by not staying the mandate of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in an ongoing battle over a patent infringement. The decision of Chief Justice John Roberts will allow Teva's Copaxone drug to continue to be manufactured in genetic format, and resulting lower cost, during the pendency of the appeal.

A lack of competition among drug manufacturers in United States has resulted in a huge escalation in pharmaceutical costs. The resulting impact has increased medical delivery costs in workers' compensation, and burdened the system substantially. The cost for medical delivery far exceeds indemnification for temporary and permanent disability benefits.

The court's action, albeit temporary in nature, maybe a signal of forthcoming judicial intervention in the pharmaceutical arena that will result in a more realistic cost for pharmaceutical benefits in workers' compensation.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., Petitioners v.Sandoz, Inc., et al. No. 13-854

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over four decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  jon@gelmans.com  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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