Voters believe measure will result in higher drug prices
WASHINGTON, DC (July 2, 2019) — A recent national survey finds by a margin of 4-1 that registered voters believe that patent settlement legislation will result in higher drug prices.
The generic industry opposes proposed legislation, as it would make it significantly more difficult to challenge patents that protect brand-name drugs from generic competition, a sentiment that voters agree with by a margin of 64%-36%.
In the end, a majority of voters (59%) oppose patent settlement legislation.
“This survey demonstrates that, in addition to being bad public policy that will result in higher drug prices, it is also bad politics,” said Scott Siff of Quadrant Strategies. “Drug prices are a critical issue going into this election year, and legislation that will result in higher drug prices will be poisonous for candidates.”
Read the memorandum summarizing the key results of the survey.
The survey was conducted by Quadrant Strategies, a national public opinion research firm based in Washington, DC, on behalf of the Association for Accessible Medicines. The results are based on a representative national poll of 2,000 registered voters, conducted June 7 to June 20, 2019.
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