Latest Compulsory license Stories

2012-03-13 11:13:16

India´s government ended Bayer´s monopoly on a patented cancer drug on Monday, and has permitted a local pharmaceutical to manufacturer a less expensive generic version of the drug under a new law aimed at keeping costs affordable. The government allowed Natco Pharma to make and sell Nexavar, a kidney and liver cancer treatment drug that Bayer Corp. had been selling in India for about $5,600 per month, to Indian residents for $176 for a 120-tablet pack. Bayer´s patent on...

2012-01-11 10:12:05

Reed Beall and Randall Kuhn of the University of Denver, USA describe in this week's PLoS Medicine their findings from an analysis of use of compulsory licenses for pharmaceutical products by World Trade Organization members since 1995. Specifically, the authors investigated the impact of the 2001 Doha Declaration on trends in compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals. They highlight the need for further systematic evaluation of global health agreements. --- On the Net: Public Library...

2006-04-03 12:33:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - International drugs companies should seek to reduce prices for medicines sold to the poorest countries and avoid filing for patent protection there, a report prepared for the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The 228-page study, drawn up by an independent team led by former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss, also urged rich states not to toughen intellectual property protection conditions in trade pacts to the point where they could limit access to...

2005-10-26 14:43:26

Australia must consider locally producing mass supplies of generic drugs to prepare for an avian flu pandemic, according to research by ANU health and legal specialists. Patents on these antiviral drugs are currently preventing generic production of the drugs, say Dr Buddhi Lokuge, a public health specialist, and Professor Peter Drahos, Head of the Regulatory Institutions Network and Professor of Law at ANU. "The Commonwealth Government or a State can authorise somebody other than the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.