Americans overwhelmingly believe that prescription drugs cost too much. But they're divided about the source of the problem — and the potential solutions.

Certain activists pin the blame on our legal system and accuse Big Pharma companies of using their armies of lawyers to construct "patent thickets" — supposedly a series of overlapping patents that prevent brand-name drugs from facing generic competition for decades, even after the original patents on the medicine have long since expired.

Kristen Osenga is the Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Better than a comments section

Discuss the news on NABUR,
a place to have local conversations

The Neighborhood Alliance for Better Understanding and Respect
A site just for our local community
Focused on facts, not misinformation
Free for everyone

Join the community
What's NABUR?