Brazil On Abbott Deal: Not So Fast!

Law360, New York (July 14, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Less than a week after his own ministry said it had struck a deal with Abbott Laboratories to avoid a compulsory license on the AIDS drug Kaletra, Brazil's new health minister denied the existence of an agreement under which his country would refrain from breaking the patent on the drug.

In an interview published Thursday in the newspaper Correio Braziliense, Jose Saraiva Felipe said that, when he took office, he “saw that no deal had been sanctioned.”

“There was no document signed by the government. I...
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