Abbott Faces Calls For Compulsory License For Norvis

Law360 (May 13, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Abbott Laboratories’ nearly fivefold increase on its AIDS drug Norvis has prompted calls from government officials for a compulsory license for a generic version of the drug before its patent expiration, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In December, Abbott Labs raised the wholesale price for a month's worth of the protease inhibitor Norvir, widely used in small doses to boost the potency of some AIDS combination-drug therapies, to $265 from $54.

The move caused an avalanche of protests from AIDS activists, who have demanded a public...
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