mt blanc trek Gilead Sciences’ hepatitis drug patent faces legal challenge

hiking mt blanc Gilead Sciences’ hepatitis drug patent faces legal challenge

International groups representing doctors and patients have launched a fresh challenge to the patent on Gilead Sciences hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir at the European Patent Office in order to increase access to the treatment.

Sofosbuvir is sold by the US drugmaker as Sovaldi and is included in other hepatitis C medicines such as Harvoni and Epclusa.

The drug is transforming the fight against the liver destroying viral disease by offering an effective cure, but Medecins Sans Frontieres and Medecins du Monde said its high cost was a serious barrier.

The campaigners argue the patent on the drug, which costs tens of thousands of dollars for a typical course, is open to challenge because the science behind Sofosbuvir is not new.

Gilead has a number of international operations outside its Californian headquarters and employs around 250 people in the IDA business park at Carrigtwohill in Cork. Gilead Ireland operations are responsible for manufacturing, quality control, packaging and distribution of the company products in the EU and other international locations. Its Irish operation was formed in 2007 when Gilead bought the Cork based Danish company Nycomed for in 2015,
mt blanc trek Gilead Sciences' hepatitis drug patent faces legal challenge
Medecins du Monde had accused Gilead of abusing its patent on Sofosbuvir.

If the latest patent challenge is successful, it could make cheaper generic versions of Sofosbuvir available in Europe.

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mt blanc trek Gilead Sciences' hepatitis drug patent faces legal challenge