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What now for compulsory licences?

Emma Barraclough, London


Today India has granted its first compulsory licence over a drug. But what of other countries that have used the IP system to make it easier for patients to access medicines?

Thailand

Six years ago the government of Thailand took a decision that sent research pharmaceutical companies into a panic: it issued a compulsory licence for Merck’s antiretroviral drug efavirenz.

The product is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in the US...


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