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,
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.
Angry Clare widower reveals how he was asked to pay back 5.90 of late wife’s pension
Cyclist settles case with owners after collision with dog
Heartbreak for Pres as Christians land late knockout blow
Whistle blown on latest Garda ‘cover up’ claim
Corkman sexually assaulted former partner’s daughterInspirational Sarah Carey on juggling motherhood with intercounty camogiePilot in fatal helicopter crash that killed 5 had option to turn back, investigators say
‘I put up a wall and I lock it away’: Jonathan Walters opens up about death of mother
This week’s Late Late Show line up has been revealed.
HSE overpays 2,500 workers by 5million in past two years
NEWSIreland look to have the right answers for ScotsSPORTHurling mid terms: Who is top of the class?
ExamviralThis man is setting up a football club in memory of his son, who passed away before he was bornWe can’t stop watching this video of 2FM scaring the bejesus out of Lottie RyanThis little girl from Cork follows in Sharon Shannon’s footsteps by herding cows with a tuneJust 9 intriguing shower thoughts that Reddit users hadTeen whose act of kindness for elderly man went viral awarded $16,000 scholarshipThe Galtee Mountains during Storm Emma look like something straight out of Game of Thrones