Brazil Threatens U.S. AIDS Drug Makers With Compulsory Licensing

Law360, New York (March 16, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Raising the specter of compulsory licensing, Brazil's government health ministry has given U.S. drug makers Abbot Laboratories, Merck & Co. and Gilead Sciences Inc. until April 4 to agree on a schedule to transfer technology for the production of some of their AIDS drugs.

The drugs in question, Abbott's combination pill of the protease inhibitors Lopinavir and Ritonavir, Merck & Co's reverse transcriptase inhibitor Efavirenz, and Gilead Science Inc.'s Tenofovir, account for two thirds of the government's budget for imported AIDS drugs.

If the companies don't...
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