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Archive for April, 2013

Just got this notification  from our local  branch of the U.S. National Library of Medicine,  Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. It the newest in their public service search tools offered to help find people affected by disasters worldwide.

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India-3The long-awaited verdict on the latest appeal by Novartis was issued April 1 , to the relief of health justice advocates and patients in India and around the world. For seven years now, Novartis has challenged India’s patent laws which apply to Glivec, their brand of  the cancer drug  imatinib mesylate ( which the company spells as “Gleevec”  in North America, to uniformize  pronunciation) , an action which portended grave global problems for access to costly drugs in general.  India’s high court ruled that the form of Glivec which the company wished to patent was not a new drug  which would merit such status. The ruling is important to assure that affordable generic forms of vital medicines can be manufactured, but advocacy efforts will continue to be needed for future  drugs.  With so much published on the case  no need for me to repeat details here , among the excellent sources for those wishing to learn more  is Knowledge Ecology International and its IP-Health listserv.

 

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