Hepatitis C drugs re-energize global fight over patents

Lawsuits in India and Argentina seek to reduce drug costs by allowing generic versions of antiviral treatments. The liver disease hepatitis C is the new battleground for lawsuits intended to slash the cost of life-saving medicines. In February alone, five suits were filed in India and Argentina claiming that the latest class of antiviral drugs does not warrant the 20-year patent monopoly that manufacturers have sought in those countries. In the 2000s,

All You Need to Know: September’s Crucial Verdict on the Sofosbuvir Patent Saga

The patent also covers the raw materials to make the drugs, which means it would allow the manufacturer to disrupt exports of the raw materials from India. In September, India will witness the first hearing in a crucial court case on the grant of a patent for the anti-hepatitis-C drug sofosbuvir – a drug whose patent was rejected and then approved by the same patent court, albeit by two different officials. A recent report of the international medical cha