Thailand Allows Copycat Pharmaceuticals

Author: Pongpiphat Banchanont, Reuters, Published on: 29 January 2007

Thailand's army-appointed government confirmed on Monday it approved a cheap, copycat version of a blockbuster heart disease drug, the first time a developing country has torn up the international patent for such a treatment. In addition to the "compulsory license" of Plavix, made by...Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, Bangkok approved a generic version of Abbott Laboratories' Kaletra, an HIV/AIDS treatment. [also refers to compulsory license on Merck drug]

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