April 19, 2011

Pharmaceutical Compulsory Licensing Update

T-AB: Thai-American Business, Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand

Approximately a year ago, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, led by the former Minister Dr. Mongkol na Songkla, decided to resort to compulsory licenses as a solution to improving access to medicines in Thailand. While the legitimacy of these compulsory licenses was questioned by the drug originators who own the patents, international legal experts, experts in the pharmaceutical field, and other stakeholders, the more controversial and widely debated issue seemed to be whether the actions of the Thai Health Ministry would benefit Thai patients and help to improve the healthcare system and access to medicines in the long run. This article examines the industry reaction to the compulsory licenses and the government response that followed.

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Edward Kelly
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