Brooke Harmer


Mentor: Dr. Roger Blair

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

While I was helping Dr. Blair with his Competition Policy in Health Care Markets book, I noticed something strange in the pharmaceutical market. This is when Dr. Blair and I started to explore reverse payments. Doing undergraduate research is a great experience because as a young student, I get to explore policy and propose new solutions to real world problems.

Major

Economics

Minor

Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy
  • Competitive Markets

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)
  • Florida Academic Scholars (2015-Present)

Organizations

Florida Women in Business

Gators Going Green

Volunteer

  • Younglife

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hiking
  • Painting
  • Reading

Research Description

Settlements of Patent Disputes in the Aftermath of Actavis
The Hatch-Waxman Act expedites the ability for generics to enter markets; however, pioneer drug companies have been suing generic companies for infringing on their patents. In the end, the two companies generally settle with the pioneer company paying the generic company. I am researching these payments and seeing whether or not they are per se illegal under the Sherman Act.