Monday, February 20, 2017

Healthcare, patient groups oppose hep-C drug patents

Healthcare, patient groups oppose hep-C drug patents
MUMBAI: Healthcare aid and patient groups have come together in patent courts to fight against ``abusive strategies'' of Big Pharma, to ensure access to affordable treatment in hepatitis C. The Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) together with Delhi Network of Positive People and international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres filed three cases on crucial new hepatitis C medicines: two patent challenges on daclatasvir, one on velpatasvir and a further challenge on sofosbuvir.

The patent challenges could remove barriers to production and distribution of affordable generic versions of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines, including Gilead's sofosbuvir and velpatasvir, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's daclatasvir.

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