Category Archives: Cancer

Gilead’s Patents on Hepatitis C Drug Challenged by Consumer Group

Source: Bloomberg Gilead Sciences Inc.’s U.S. patents on the blockbuster $84,000 hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi were challenged by a consumer group that’s battled the drugmaker around the world over the pricing.  The Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge, a nonprofit focused on … Continue reading

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Greek health minister takes issue with Roche’s withdrawal of cancer medicine due to mandatory, retroactive discount

Source: EndPoints News Drug prices are not just a US problem. Greece’s minister of health on Tuesday expressed dismay over Roche’s decision to withdraw a cancer medicine because of a new mandatory discount imposed by the country. Greek health minister … Continue reading

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Africa’s cancer curse: Cipla shows way again

By Donald G. Mcneil Jr, International New York Times , Oct 10 2017 In a deal similar to the one that turned the tide against AIDS, Pfizer and Cipla will make chemotherapy drugs available in six poor countries at steep … Continue reading

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Patient commentary: the current model has failed

Source: BMJ The cost of cancer drugs is skyrocketing: prices of cancer drugs increased by 10% every year between 1995 and 2013.1 More and more we’re seeing cancer drugs being priced off the NHS—as is the case with secondary breast cancer … Continue reading

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Today, UACT submitted letters to the CEOs of three major pharmaceutical companies currently developing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) technologies.  UACT asked the leaders of Novartis, Gilead Sciences, and Juno Therapeutics to address questions regarding research and development (R&D) … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court Adopts International Exhaustion For Patents: Paving the way for parallel imports to exert downward pressure on domestic pharmaceutical (and other) prices

By Frederick M Abbott*, IP Watch | 31/05/2017 The Supreme Court of the United States on May 30, 2017 adopted a rule of international exhaustion of patent rights for the United States in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, No. 15-1189. … Continue reading

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Lexmark: The Supreme Court’s patent exhaustion case and parallel trade in drugs

Source: Knowledge Ecology International The Supreme Court’s decision in IMPRESSION PRODUCTS, INC. v. LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.  has clarified that the United States has world wide exhaustion of patent rights.   According to Professor Fred Abbott, who knows a lot about this issue, and … Continue reading

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