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S. Korea Officials Not Considering Tamiflu Compulsory License

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The South Korean government is under pressure to follow the practice of some other Asian countries and issue a compulsory license to allow a generic version of Roche's antiviral flu drug, Tamiflu (oseltamivir). The country has not had a serious debate over compulsory licensing since 2005 when the Korea FDA asked several local drug makers if they could manufacture a generic of Tamiflu to treat avian flu. Sixteen South Korean companies submitted data showing they could make the drug almost immediately. A Health Ministry official said a compulsory license was never debated within the government, but some medical professionals say such a move should be considered to deal with the current H1N1 flu outbreaks. (Click here for more
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