Media outlets examine reaction to India's Supreme Court ruling on Novartis patent case

Published on April 3, 2013 at 5:20 AM · No Comments

"In a decisive victory for India's pharmaceutical industry, India's Supreme Court rejected Novartis' patent application for the cancer drug Glivec on Monday, ending a seven-year battle by the Swiss drug maker to get a patent in India on its powerful leukemia drug," Time reports (Mahr, 4/1). "The decision means generic drug makers can continue to sell copies of the drug at a lower price in India," BBC News writes, adding, "India is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical markets" (4/2). "The verdict is seen as having wide implications not just for Glivec -- used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia -- but other medicines that multinational drug companies want to patent in India," the Financial Times writes, noting, "Activists hailed the ruling as a victory for patients with AIDS, cancer and other diseases not just in India but across the developing world."

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