Off-patent Drugs Bill

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The Off-patent Drugs Bill is a Bill introduced before the Parliament of the United Kingdom by Jonathan Evans in October 2014. It aims to make the British government seek new licences for off-patent medicines that could benefit patients whenever pharmaceutical companies fail to do so because there is no financial incentive.[1] The bill's second reading order lapsed in December 2014.[2] As a private member's bill (from an MP standing down in the 2015 General Election[1]) it is unlikely to progress further. Passage of legislation on off-patent drugs has been supported by charities such as Breast Cancer Now. An Off-patent Drugs Bill was introduced as a PMB in the 2015 Parliament by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP.[3]


  1. ^ a b Cooper, Charlie (6 November 2014). "Lives will be lost unless the Government acts on off-patent drugs, charities warn". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Off-patent Drugs Bill 2014-15". Parliament. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
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