India rejects Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug patent request

Media Article 14 Jan 2015

India’s patent office has rejected an application from U.S.-based Gilead Sciences Inc for its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, paving the way for local drugmakers to launch cheaper generic versions of the $1,000-a-pill medicine.

 

The application had been opposed by Indian generic drugmaker Natco Pharma Ltd and New York-based Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) on the grounds that the drug, chemically called sofosbuvir, is not inventive enough compared with a previous formulation, according to patent office order documents seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/14/gilead-india-patent-idUSL3N0UT4PB20150114

 

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