The Politics Of Generic Drugs

Half the war over branded drugs is fought outside the lab

The way E. Thomas Arington sees it, his company is David taking on Goliath. For nearly a decade, the CEO of Cincinnati-based Duramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. has sought Food & Drug Administration approval for a generic version of America's most widely prescribed drug, a brew of estrogens called Premarin. Standing in the way is American Home Products Corp. and its subsidiary Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Inc., which makes Premarin from the urine of pregnant mares.

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