- About Online Pharmacies
- Affordable Medication Advocacy
- Benefits and Risks
- Buying Controlled Medication Online Has Serious Risks
- Counterfeit Medications
- Drug Companies and Intellectual Property Rights
- How Much Can You Save?
- International Pharmacy Regulations
- Our Pharmacy Verification Program
- Rogue Pharmacies
- Types of Pharmacies
- U.S. Pharmacy Regulations
Drug Companies and Intellectual Property Rights
Countries have different laws for protecting the intellectual property rights (patents) of drug companies. For example, the United States allows the sponsor of a new drug to have exclusive sales and marketing rights for that product for 20 years. After that time, other companies may manufacture, market, and sell a generic version of that drug. Other countries might only protect the patent of a new drug for 10, 5, or no years at all.
Some foreign pharmacies sell generic versions of drugs that are still under patents in the U.S. and are, therefore, not available for sale in U.S. pharmacies
View the U.S. Food and Drug Administration information on patents.
To find out more about and differing perspectives on intellectual property rights see the following websites: