Patent Opposition Database

A new online resource for civil society and patient groups in developing countries to challenge unwarranted drug patents was just launched by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The Patent Opposition Database comes as many developing countries face dramatically high drug prices because patents block the production of lower-cost generic versions. MSF relies on affordable medicines for its medical work in more than 60 countries; in the case of HIV treatment, over 80 per cent of medicines used in developing countries are generics.

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