Category Archives: Biologics/Biosimilars

State slow to switch to cheaper off-patent drugs, forum hears

Source: Irish Times 17th April, 2019   Health service could save €50m by using biosimilar medicines, says Michael Barry Prof Michael Barry has told a conference the pricing structures of pharmaceutical companies are unsustainable. Photograph: PA Wire Just six patients … Continue reading

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Canadian generic drugmakers find fault with USMCA

Source: Pharmaletter 3rd Oct 2018, New Delhi The pharmaceutical intellectual property aspects of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was agreed on Monday to replace the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) accord, have come in for criticism from the … Continue reading

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Patient Advocacy Successes in Fight for Medicines

by Fran Quigley, Health & Human Rights Journal | June 26, 2018 Access to essential medicines is a well-established component of the human right to health, but it is a right that remains elusive for millions of people across the globe. The … Continue reading

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Humira’s Best-Selling Drug Formula: Start at a High Price. Go Higher.

Humira is the best-selling prescription drug in the world. You may have seen the commercials. Because of Humira, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis can wash her puppy in the bathtub, another with colitis can stroll happily through a fair packed … Continue reading

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Rethinking IP in the TPP: Canadian Government Plays Key Role in Suspending Unbalanced Patent and Copyright Rules

Source: Years of disappointment in trade negotiations have left many Canadian intellectual property watchers hoping for the best, but expecting the worst when it comes to the IP provisions in trade deals. In earlier talks, Canadian negotiators would often advocate … Continue reading

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Time for costly medicine monopolies to go from TPP trade talks

Source: |November 9, 2017 Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend. The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running … Continue reading

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This Shield of Patents Protects the World’s Best-Selling Drug

Over Humira’s lifetime, AbbVie has secured more than 100 patents to prevent anyone from attempting to copy the biologic, with $16 billion in annual sales. By Cynthia Koons Humira, a treatment for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis … Continue reading

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Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, 2017

Source: All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) The Department of Pharmaceuticals has circulated a Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, 2017 which can be accessed here. The draft policy identifies the following key objectives: a. Making essential drugs accessible at affordable prices to the … Continue reading

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No logic in extending length of patents

Granting a longer term for pharmaceutical patents will result in delays in the entry of generic versions and could adversely affect access to medicines   By Feroz Ali, Live Mint | July 28, 2017 A proposal to further extend the … Continue reading

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Roche vs Indian Pharma: The battle for a cheaper cancer drug

By Divya Rajagopal, The Economic Times|May 14, 2017 Let’s hark back to the Nineties. The HIV-AIDS epidemic was spreading across Africa, leaving thousands dead, in spite of the existence of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). The cost of the treatment, around $10,000, … Continue reading

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