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Supreme Court hears arguments in FTC v Actavis

Alli Pyrah, New York

Supreme Court justices seemed divided on Monday over the legality of pharmaceutical companies paying generic rivals to keep cheaper alternatives to brand name drugs off the market.

In Federal Trade Commission v Actavis, the justices heard oral arguments concerning the legality of so-called reverse payment agreements.

The case concerns a fee paid to Actavis by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, which owns a patent on testosterone-raising drug AndroGel....

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