GSK/Desano Tie-Up To Bring Large Dolutegravir Price Cuts
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
HIV drug Tivicay is expected to become cheaper in China under a recent manufacturing deal between ViiV and Desano. The Chinese firm expects to gain a 35% share of the global generic antiretroviral API supply market this year after patent licensing agreements with the Medicines Patent Pool.
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