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India's Supreme Court Ruling on Drug Patent Will Promote Affordable Medicines, "Preserve" Innovation Incentives

April 5, 2013

Noting that India's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that drug maker Novartis "should not be given a patent for a cancer drug because it was too similar to Novartis's earlier version," a New York Times editorial writes, "The decision, which is the culmination of a high-profile, seven-year legal battle, should help protect the availability of cheap generic drugs for poor patients." The editorial describes the history of the drug's development and the case, saying, "This case is unique because it concerns an innovative and useful drug whose creation happened to straddle [a] change in Indian patent law," when "India decided to prevent drug companies from getting monopoly protection on updated drugs that did not represent a major advance over previous versions -- a practice often referred to as 'evergreening.'" The

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