Drug Patents Expiring in May 2016

Patents play a central role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Branded pharmaceutical companies benefit from patent exclusivity to temporarily exclude generics. Conversely, generic manufacturers can draw on information in patents to develop generic versions of branded drugs. Additionally, as patents on drugs expire consumers and healthcare payers can enjoy cost reductions.

This chart shows drug patent expirations for .

Note that drugs may be covered by multiple patents, including those with future expiration dates which are not shown here, and by other regulatory protections such as Orphan Drug protection, New Chemical Entity or New Clinical Investigation exclusivity, and others.

For more detailed information, see the DrugPatentWatch database.

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