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Thai Court Reinstates Pro-Compulsory Licensing Board

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Thailand's Administrative Court ordered reinstated six members of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation who advocated the country's controversial compulsory-licensing policy. Among the six was the former GPO chairman, Vichai Chokewiwat, who had been sacked by the Public Health Minister Chaiya Sasomsab. Chaiya, a strong opponent of the compulsory-licensing policy for major drugs, fired the six on grounds of declining profits. Vichai said he would arrange an early meeting of the old board, with its first move to speed up the import of generic versions of Sanofi-Aventis' oncologic Taxotere (docetaxel), one of the drugs on Thailand's compulsory licensing list. (Click here for more

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