E.U. OKs Compulsory Licensing For Drug Exports

Law360, New York (December 1, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that will allow generics to be exported to developing countries under strict conditions, The European Parliament approved Thursday a European Commission proposal for compulsory licensing of patented drugs.

The legislation sets out a mechanism to allow companies in the European Union to apply for a license to make and export generic drugs without the authorization of the patent holder, the European Commission said.

Although there are no specific restrictions on the pharmaceutical products covered, the legislation is intended to address public health problems...
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