FDA Seeks to Increase Number of Generic Drugs

New measures to increase the number of generic prescription drugs available to Americans were announced Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

The agency will now give priority reviews to new generic drugs until there are at least three on the market, the Associated Press reported.

That number tends to trigger sharp price decreases, up to to 85 percent off the brand name price.

The FDA also published its first list of brand name drugs that are no longer protected by a patent but don't yet have generic competitors, the AP reported.

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