Malaysia Issues World's First Compulsory License

Law360, New York (February 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a historic move, Malaysia’s government has issued the world’s first compulsory license, allowing a local firm to import patented anti-HIV/AIDS drugs from an Indian generic makers under fixed prices.

The move marks the first time a government had issued a compulsory license under last year’s hotly disputed paragraph 6 of the Doha declaration on Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and public health.

The Malayasian government authorized Syarikat Megah Pharma & Vaccines to hold a compulsory licence to import four anti-retroviral HIV/AIDS formulations...
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