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'Pay for Delay'

The EU's competition commissioner issued the final report from investigating the delays in generic drugs coming to the market, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. The report acknowledged that innovation difficulties and regulation affect the time it takes to get a generic to market and suggested that the EU have a single patent and litigation system. However, the report also calls for keeping a sharper eye on pharmaceutical companies, "particularly the practice known as 'pay for delay', where generic makers strike a deal with branded companies to delay entry of generic competition into the marketplace," the Health Blog says, adding that separate antitrust investigations have begun into generics makers Les Laboratoires Servier and Teva.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.