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January 27, 2016


"The Representatives also take the NIH to task for declining to exercise march-in rights in the past while suggesting that controlling drug costs is a legislative duty."


With all due respect, I take these Representatives to task for making yet another IMPROPER request to the NIH to exert "march-in-rights" under Bayh-Dole as a means of drug price control. As the co-author of this legislation and others have correctly stated, these "march-in-rights" provisions were never intended to be exercised in this manner. And if "march-in-rights" are ever exercised for the purpose of drug price control, you might as well say good bye to any drug development involving federal-funding ever being commercialized.

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