Gilead Fights For Viread Patent And Royalties In India
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
Gilead Sciences is challenging a decision in India refusing patent protection for its worldwide HIV blockbuster drug Viread (tenofovir)
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Gilead’s decision to donate Viread to Chinese HIV patients came at a time when China was updating its compulsory license rules. The U.S. company may have also been thinking about the potential ramifications for hepatitis B, a much larger market in China.
Taking the lead from India’s recent compulsory license for Bayer’s Nexavar, China passes a compulsory license regulation that could allow generics on patented drugs.