Aug. 20, 2021

How Drug Patents Work

How Drug Patents Work

What’s the purpose of a patent? In the pharmaceutical industry, it helps manufacturers reinvest in new research and development to improve upon treatments and drugs. It’s a key part of the cycle of developing new treatments. 

Terry and Bob look at the R&D cycle, and how patents fit in. Expert Jaci McDole gives listeners a crash course in the patent process and what patients should know. 

Plus, Kate Pecora speaks with patient advocate Elisa Comer about the double dip - and who is preventing you from saving money through patient assist funds. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent, Patients Rising


Jaci McDole, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Elisa Comer, Patient Advocate

Sarah Wells Kocsis, Patient Correspondent 


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Terry Wilcox Statement on President Biden’s Drug Pricing Announcement

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