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Brazil Threatens To Break Patent On Abbott's Kaletra

Law360 (June 26, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Brazil has vowed to break the patent on U.S. drug maker Abbott Laboratories' HIV drug Kaletra in an effort to cut treatment costs.

Brazilian Health Minister Humberto Costa told local media his government would break the patent as a matter of “public interest.”

He said Abbott would be given 10 days in which to respond and seek a negotiated agreement.

“The Brazilian government will adopt a compulsory licence for the treatment if the manufacturer (Abbott) does not accept the presented terms to guarantee the sustainability of...
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