India and drug #patents : The Ghost of #Glivec haunts #Sovaldi

Dr Kristina LybeckerApothecurry welcomes back guest columnist Dr Kristina Lybecker. Her latest column is an elegantly simple “where the rubber hits the road” exposition of the recent rejection of patents on US biopharma company Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in India. Coincidentally, Gilead’s European patent on Sovaldi was challenged yesterday by charity Medicins du Monde marking yet another interesting turn of events in this breakthrough drug’s eventful life. Read on as Dr Lybecker explains how the Indian Patent Office’s decision rather than aiding clarity in the understanding of India’s patent rules has only muddied the waters. Continue reading “India and drug #patents : The Ghost of #Glivec haunts #Sovaldi”

What does Glivec ruling imply for generics? My piece in Sunday ET

In case some of you were waiting for Apothecury’s take on the Glivec judgement, I was waiting for this piece that I did for the Sunday Economic Times to be published. In a nutshell, in the article I explain why, as far as India’s generics industry is concerned, the Glivec outcome is not really a new win but more like savouring the same victory twice over.  You can read the piece here. (Please ignore the New Delhi dateline in the story, I still operate from Mumbai).

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Beyond Glivec : Balancing innovation and public health

I’d like to introduce a guest column by Dr Kristina Lybecker, Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Kristina is an economist with a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She specialises in innovation and intellectual property rights and has been writing on these issues for 12 years. She is currently employed full-time at Colorado College.

Sometime in the near future India’s Supreme Court will judge whether Glivec, a blood and stomach cancer drug hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, deserves a patent in India. In doing so, the Court will rule on an important  section in India’s patent law that seeks to prevent frivolous patenting and one that Novartis, the company behind Glivec, is accused by critics to have fallen foul of. Continue reading “Beyond Glivec : Balancing innovation and public health”