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About DrugPatentWatch

DrugPatentWatch was founded in 2002 in response to repeated requests for a streamlined resource for drug patent expiration dates.

While the original focus was on the United States market, DrugPatentWatch now includes global patents in over 100 countries, and even expired patents dating back decades.

In response to customer feedback over the years DrugPatentWatch has continued to expand its offerings, and datasets have been added for formulations, suppliers, clinical trials. Today the uses cases have expanded and include healthcare payers, branded and generic manufactuters, and wholesalers and distributors.

Use cases for the database include:

  • Branded pharmaceutical firms seeking competitive intelligence
  • Generic and API manufacturers seeking knowledge of which drugs to develop
  • Wholesalers seeking advance notice of patent expiry to avoid over-stocking off-patent drugs
  • Healthcare payers seeking to project and manage future budgets

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Revisions and Annual Editions

DrugPatentWatch incorporates data directly from the FDA, Patent and Trademark Office, and other US and foreign government sources. Each is updated as frequently as possible — often daily — providing you with fresh information.

For those seeking information on now-expired patents, annual editions provide historic archives dating back to the Hatch-Waxman Act — arguably for as long as generic drugs have existed.

Database Coverage

DrugPatentWatch contains information on FDA-approved small molecule drugs. For information on biologics see DrugPatentWatch's sister site, BiologicPatentWatch.com

While DrugPatentWatch includes information on expired patents, archived copies of the FDA Orange Book in PDF format are also available in the Orange Book Archives.


DrugPatentWatch is developed by Yali Friedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Friedman is also publisher of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and author of Building Biotechnology, which is used as a course text in dozens of biotechnology programs. He also serves as head of data analytics for Scientific American Custom Media, and was also named one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American.

Dr. Friedman has strong exposure to leading issues in international biotechnology. He is editor of the Scientific American worldVIEW scorecard, a global biotechnology perspective profiling biotechnology industries and innovation capacity in dozens of countries, and has been invited to participate in biotechnology industry development forums for international groups such as APEC, in Europe, and throughout Asia.

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