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The Orphan Drug Machine

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.

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