Drugmakers Rail Against Compulsory Licensing

Law360, New York (December 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Thailand faces a barrage of criticism from drug manufacturers after deciding earlier this month to issue a compulsory license for a generic version of HIV/AIDS drug Sustiva.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) said that the country didn’t negotiate with the patent holder, Merck & Co. Inc., before issuance.

“The recent announcement by Thailand’s Ministry of Health to issue a compulsory license without any attempt to negotiate with the patent owner is of grave concern,” said Billy Tauzin, president and CEO of PhRMA. “This...
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