Follow-on drugs: Circumventing the customary patent cliffs in Big Pharma

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Follow-on drugs, also referred to as ‘next-generation drugs’, are ‘an established practice’ among drug innovators. They are one of the most effective R&D strategies implemented by drug innovators, and can be considered a cannibalization or switching strategy. In a nutshell, it is a timely switch from a mature/firstgeneration drug to its next-generation, improved version. Given the fixed patent term and limited market exclusivity of drugs, cannibalization has been instrumental in maintaining the market share for drug makers.

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