Given the coming demand and pressures to curb health care spending, the timing seems perfect for an unusually large number of brand-name drugs to shed their patents in the next five years. Drug manufacturers are granted 20-year market exclusivity on their drugs. This year alone some 26 drugs are expected to lose their patents, according to estimates compiled by Medco Health Solutions. The five biggest dollar volume drugs generating over $1 billion are ready to make the conversion within ...

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