Brazil Threatens To Break Patents On AIDS/HIV Drugs

Law360 (December 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Brazilian health officials have once again threatened to break the patent on some AIDS drugs held by international drug companies.

Pedro Checkr, who heads Brazil’s AIDS program, told reporters Tuesday Brazil might break the patents some time in 2005.

Next year, Brazil plans to begin domestic production of three to five drugs without permission from the companies that hold the patents, he said.

"We determined that we have to move to a situation of self-sufficiency through compulsory licensing. If we don't move towards self-sufficiency the program...
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