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Timeline: The Orphan Drug Act

Follow the twists and turns of the orphan drug industry over the past three decades. Key moments in the history of orphan drugs range from a pivotal TV show to the AIDS crisis and a private meeting in a bathroom on Capitol Hill.


Timeline Contributors: Emily Kopp, Sydney Lupkin, Sarah Jane Tribble and Lydia Zuraw

KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

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