Doctors Without Borders Seeks To Undo Gilead Hep C Patent

By Tiffany Hu (December 5, 2018, 7:51 PM EST) -- Doctors Without Borders and five organizations have appealed the European Patent Office's decision upholding Gilead Sciences Inc.'s patent for the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir, the international nonprofit announced on Wednesday.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, along with French organizations Médecins du Monde and AIDES, Access to Medicines Ireland, Greece-based Praksis and Spain-based Salud por Derecho, have lodged an appeal over the EPO's September decision to maintain Gilead's patent in amended form, which has purportedly allowed the company to continue charging "excessive prices" for the drug.

The appeal states that the patent does not "meet the requirements to...

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