A new drug maker is asking a federal judge to get the federal government to grant patents on all of its medicines.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a group that advocates for drug safety, filed a motion Wednesday seeking to declare all of the companies patentable and invalid.
The group argues that drugmakers are not allowed to make products for human use.
The FDA says it doesn’t grant patents to companies for new medicines.
“The FDA has been committed to protecting our medicines and to making them available for all,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Wednesday.
“But as we work to ensure all medicines are safe, we have no choice but to grant patent rights to some drugs that may be harmful.”
Patents are the exclusive right to make new drugs.
The government has granted patent rights for products made by pharmaceutical companies that it determines are safer than their existing counterparts.