As Natco Ups The Ante Lilly Readies Voluntary Licensing For Olumiant
Eli Lilly responds with baricitinib donation plan and efforts to sew up royalty free voluntary licenses with local Indian firms as challenger Natco seeks a compulsory license for its version of the JAK inhibitor, which it is ready to launch.
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