Monday, January 29, 2007

Update: Thailand to allow generic versions of Plavix and Kaletra

Thailand’s government, in a landmark decision today, approved the production of cheaper versions of two major medicines for heart disease and HIV/AIDS (Plavix and Kaletra respectively). The government took advantage of the World Trade Organization’s rules on intellectual property to declare a “national emergency”, allowing them to produce and sell already patented drugs.

Health Minister Mongkol na Songkhla has been widely quoted today for saying,“We have to do this because we don’t have enough money to buy safe and necessary drugs for the people under the government’s universal health scheme”.
Ms. Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul of Doctors Without Borders commented, “It is a brave decision”.

Read more on this recent development in:
Bangkok Post

International Herald Tribune
BBC
Scientific American
Wall Street Journal
Business Week

1 comment:

hector said...

i think that is great all goverments should support generic drugs when the patented ones (like plavix)are leaving to many people without the medicines they need due to the high prices