Please login to the form below

Not currently logged in
Email:
Password:

Free cancer drugs for Thailand if changes made

According to local media reports, the Thai health minister has said that Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis may provide the country with free cancer medicine, if the current drive for generic versions of patented drugs is halted.

According to local media reports, the Thai health minister has said that Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis may provide the country with free cancer medicine, if the current drive for generic versions of patented drugs is halted.

Thailand is currently embroiled in an battle with global pharmaceutical companies over compulsory licences, which temporarily suspend patent protection.

The government has already issued compulsory licences to obtain generic versions of a heart drug and two HIV medicines.

In September 2007, the government announced it would also seek generic versions of four cancer drugs.

During talks with Novartis, health minister Mongkol Na Songkhla said the company had offered to provide its oncology product Gleevec/ Glivec (imatinib) for free, if Thailand halted its drive to expand its generic drug programme.

If a deal was reached, the government could provide unlimited amounts of the drug through its universal health care scheme, concluded Songkhla.

Per month, Imatinib currently costs up to THB 100,000 (USD 2,950).

30th September 2008

Share

COVID-19 Updates and Daily News

Featured jobs

PMHub

Add my company
Research Partnership

We are the largest independent healthcare market research and consulting agencies in the world. Trusted partner to the global pharmaceutical...

Latest intelligence

Women in science
The role of women in science and technology
Why the lack of female leaders in pharma and life sciences is a problem that still needs to be fixed...
Maria Dahl
China’s homecoming heroes fuel a biotech boom with rapid CAR-T advances
China secures a place at the forefront of innovative medicine...
Virtual Research Grants Submission and Approval Program
Impetus Digital summarizes how a client established an independent grant review committee and a virtual grant submission and approval program, without having to travel and meet in person....

Infographics