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

Apothecurry 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 … Continue reading India and drug #patents : The Ghost of #Glivec haunts #Sovaldi

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India’s compulsory licence to Natco : First cut

I quickly read through the Indian Patent Office's order granting a compulsory licence to Hyderabad's Natco to make and sell its generic of Bayer's patented liver and kidney cancer drug Nexavar in India.  While I'm no legal expert and I've just speed-read the order, some things just stand out so here goes. The order as … Continue reading India’s compulsory licence to Natco : First cut