From Pricing To Patents: Hearing Signals A Potential New Focus
Sen. Cornyn recommended the Judiciary Committee initiate an inquiry into drug patents after a back-and-forth with AbbVie CEO Gonzalez over the Humira patent estate at the drug pricing hearing.
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