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Health Groups Hail India's AIDS Drug Patent Move

January 13, 2011

Advocates applauded the Indian Patent Office in Mumbai for its recent rejection of Abbott Laboratories' application to extend patent protections for its second-line AIDS drug Kaletra. The move will facilitate the global supply of cheaper generic versions of the treatment, said Doctors Without Borders, which had challenged Abbott's application. "This news comes as great relief for AIDS treatment programs," said Tido von Schoen-Angerer, head of DWB's global campaign for access to essential medicines. India's generic drug makers supply 80 percent of the cheap AIDS drugs that are available globally, she said. "The decision shows how India's patent law works in favor of public health by granting patents for drugs that are truly innovative," said Keena Menghaney of DWB. "India, the world's leading supplier of affordable medicines, can now supply this drug to patients across the globe who are desperately waiting for treatment," said Tahir Amin, director of Initiatives for Medicines, Access and Knowledge.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse
01.10.2011


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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