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BMS says it defends Sprycel patent in India

BMS says it defends Sprycel patent in India

Blocks attempts to issue compulsory license for leukaemia drug. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has said it has blocked an attempt to issue a compulsory license for its cancer drug Sprycel in ... This is not the first time BMS has had to go to court to defend

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    Part of this reluctance to expand is down to the patent situation in India, which has seen compulsory licenses effectively overturn patents for several major drugs.

  • Ecuador overrides 2,000 pharma patents

    In a statement, President Rafael Correa said that access to medicine is a "human right" and that he intended to seek "compulsory licenses" to acquire medications considered "indispensable". ... Under current World Trade Organisation (WTO)  rules,

  • Thailand imports generic Plavix from India

    Thailand has already angered Western pharmaceutical companies by issuing compulsory licenses, which temporarily suspend patent protections for branded medications. ... The Thai government has so far approved compulsory licenses for Plavix and two patent

  • Week-in-Review Editorial: 18 to 24 August

    The Indian court dismissed the company's petition and referred it to World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations which state that countries are allowed to order compulsory licenses which temporarily suspend patents

  • WHO calls for lowered drug prices despite US walkout

    The regulations allow countries to issue compulsory licenses to overturn patent rights, but only after discussions with the patent holders and paying them compensation. ... For example, Thailand has adopted the compulsory license procedure and is

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