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March 21, 2012

Indian Cancer Drug Patent Ruling May Make HIV Meds Cheaper

India’s Patent Office has ended exclusive rights to a cancer drug made by German manufacturer Bayer, setting a precedent that could extend to other treatments, including HIV/AIDS drugs, The Times of India reports. After ending Bayer’s monopoly, the patent office issued its first-ever compulsory license allowing a local manufacturer of generic meds to make and sell the drug. This is only the second time a nation has issued a compulsory license for a cancer drug. Thailand did so on four drugs between 2006 and 2008, also on affordability grounds. Compulsory licenses can be issued under world trade rules by nations that deem lifesaving drugs too expensive; the licenses allow for local manufacture or importation of cheaper, generic versions.  

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