The Assault on Generics

For nearly as long as the Sunshine State has attracted retirees, it has been a rich market for DuPont Pharmaceuticals. The company sells close to $50 million of its blood thinner Coumadin to heart and stroke patients in Florida each year, and it had the market all to itself until 1997. Then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Barr Laboratories' generic version, and suddenly DuPont's monopoly was threatened.

But for three years running, DuPont has managed to shut Barr out. This month it quashed a bill that would have made it easier for Florida patients to get generic substitutes for...

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