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Drugs: Patents

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many British companies hold the patents to drugs that have no generic alternative. (165195)

I have been asked to reply.

From the databases which record patent data, it is not possible to determine which patents, for products having pharmaceutical properties, have resulted in drugs which have been put on sale in the market place. It is also not possible from these databases to tell whether a generic equivalent of a patented drug is available. While a patent remains in force, it is unlikely that a generic alternative will be available.