Drug patent plan gets mixed reviews

Butler, Declan
February 2009
Nature;2/26/2009, Vol. 457 Issue 7233, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses the reaction to U.S. pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) decision to share some of its patents to increase research efforts into neglected diseases and make its drugs available to the poorest countries through cheaper prices. Topics include an explanation of a patent pool and its usefulness, why companies such as France's Sanofi-aventis finds GSK's proposal too vague, and the preservation of growth markets in least-developed countries (LDCs).


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