Groups Try To Block AIDS Drug Patent In India

Law360, New York (June 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Brazilian AIDS advocacy group and an Indian health charity started legal proceedings on Friday to block U.S. company Gilead Sciences from patenting a key AIDS drug in India.

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) and India's Sahara Center for Residential Care & Rehabilitation said a patent on the AIDS drug tenofovir would restrict generic competition in India and also impact the ability of Brazil to produce and access affordable generic versions of drugs.

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is used in a first- and second-line drug regime...
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