Senators Request Probe of Allergan Indian Tribe Deal

Sept. 28, 2017

According to Reuters, four U.S. senators have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the deal Allergan struck with a Native American tribe to protect some of its patents from generic competition, citing a letter seen by Reuters.

Democrats Maggie Hassan, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey and Richard Blumenthal reportedly said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein that Allergan’s deal was “a blatantly anti-competitive attempt to shield its patents from review and keep drug prices high.”

We reported on Sept. 12 that Allergan said it was transferring patents on its dry eye drug Restasis to New York’s Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, which agreed to license them back to the company.

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