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25 Apr 2011

Susan Todd, Star Ledger [USA]

Johnson & Johnson takes heat from Doctors Without Borders for not sharing HIV drug patents [USA]

Doctors without Borders criticized Johnson & Johnson today for refusing to make patents on three HIV drugs available to a program that would reduce the cost of the medicines in developing countries…"Johnson & Johnson…has chosen to turn its back on these patients’’ [said Sophie Delaunay, a spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders]. In an e-mail today, the New Brunswick-based healthcare giant said it preferred to provide access to its compounds through agreements with generic manufacturers. One of its latest agreements was announced in February…