Thursday, August 09, 2007

Canadian companies agree to share generic AIDS drugs with Rwanda

From the Globe and Mail:
AIDS drugs could be heading for Rwanda as soon as November under a Canadian program that allows generic-drug companies to send copies of brand-name medicines to poor countries.

GlaxoSmithKline Inc. said yesterday it had given consent to Apotex Inc. to manufacture an antiretroviral medication for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda. Consent, through Canada's Access to Medicines Regime, was needed as GSK has patent rights for two of the three molecules in the medication.

"We have made a commitment, we have the drug and if we can get the green light, we will move quickly on it," said Elie Betito, director of public and government affairs for Apotex Inc. ...more

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