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India and the Patent WarsPharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime$
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Murphy Halliburton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713460

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713460.001.0001

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The Gilead Model and the Perspective of Big Pharma

The Gilead Model and the Perspective of Big Pharma

(p.91) 4 The Gilead Model and the Perspective of Big Pharma
India and the Patent Wars

Murphy Halliburton

Cornell University Press

Here this study takes into account the perspective of multinational pharmaceutical companies. I first discuss the difficulties I encountered in getting access to individuals from pharmaceutical companies who would speak on patent issues and how I was eventually able to speak with representatives from Gilead and Pfizer. Gilead Sciences, a mid-size US-based company, is voluntarily allowing 16 Indian generic pharmaceutical producers to manufacture their drug, tenofovir, a crucial WHO-recommended therapy for HIV/AIDS, and as a result, the price of tenofovir has gone down dramatically. This chapter assesses the meaning of these events and argues that the priority of pharmaceutical companies under the new patent regime is not to get people in poor countries to start paying high drug prices but to protect their markets in wealthy and middle-income countries. The real problem of access under the new patent regime may turn out to be for the poor who live in middle-income countries.

Keywords:   Gilead, tenofovir, Patents Pool, HIV/AIDS medications, pharmaceutical companies, voluntary licenses

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