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Thailand Threatens More Compulsory Licenses

Law360 (February 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Thailand is forging ahead in its controversial battle to slash the cost of drugs, with a top health official on Monday warning the nation will issue more compulsory licenses for patented medicines unless pharmaceutical companies lower their prices.

Thailand’s public health minister, Mongkol Na Songkhla, said a ministry panel is studying essential drugs the country could buy or produce generic versions of while it negotiates cheaper prices for patented medicines, Reuters reported on Monday.

Mongkol said Thailand would not issue compulsory licenses to domestic firms if...
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