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Natco Pharma ties up with Gilead on hepatitis C drugs

Source: Reuters 2 March 2015 (Reuters) – Natco Pharma Ltd said on Monday it has agreed a deal with Gilead Sciences Inc to supply generic copies of the U.S. drugmaker’s chronic hepatitis C medicines, including $1,000-a-pill drug Sovaldi, in 91 … Continue reading

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South Africa Awaits Patent Reforms With Hope, Concern

Source: IP Watch 2 March 2015 CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s new policy on patents could go to the Cabinet for approval soon, says Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF), one of the organisations spearheading the Fix the Patent … Continue reading

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No proposal to change patent law

Source: Business Standard 2 March 2015 India today ruled out amendment to the patent law, asserting that there are no gaps in protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). “There is no proposal to amend patent law… There is no proposal … Continue reading

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Will a new US-led IP empire in India put access to medicines at risk?

Source: Financial Express 26 Feb 2015 Prof Brook K Baker, Professor of Law and Northeastern University, cautions that the Modi government’s accelerating flirtation with the US and its investors is dangerous to hundreds of millions of people worldwide whose lives … Continue reading

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Are Sky-­High Prices For New Drugs Justified?

Source: Forbes 23 Feb 2015 Ask any pharmaceutical executive to justify the high price tags attached to most new drugs and you’re likely to hear a common refrain: Drug companies must charge lofty prices so they can make a sufficient … Continue reading

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The Drug That Is Bankrupting America

Source: Huffington Post 19 Feb 2015 America is the land of breakthrough science — and health care scams. The two seem to go hand in hand in the case of the new hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure named sofosbuvir, sold … Continue reading

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Need political spark for India-EU FTA: EU ambassador

Source: Live Mint 19 Feb 2015 New Delhi: A “political spark” is required to get long-running talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) moving, a senior European diplomat said on Wednesday, adding an … Continue reading

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