Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Indian patent trap awaiting Cipla and Ranbaxy over Tamiflu?

Of the discussion below, one recalls that it is Gilead, not Roche, that holds the various patents on Tamiflu. Roche Holdings is the licensee of the patent(s). One recalls that not too long ago Roche alleged that competitors would not be able to get up to speed quickly on Tamiflu synthesis. (Recall also the various false statements by Alec van Gelder.)

In the wake of the avian flu outbreak, domestic drug companies Cipla and Ranbaxy have offered to produce generic versions of Roche’s Tamiflu. While both companies are confident that there are no patent issues involved, a section of the industry is concerned that this could turn into a test of the country’s new patent laws.

Tamiflu — generic name oseltamivir — is one of the two drugs effective in treating influenza caused by the H5N1 strain in humans. But the drug is under patent globally. Though it has not been granted a product patent in India, the new set of laws make it eligible for one.

“As a matter of caution, India should have invoked the compulsory licensing clause in the patent law to allow domestic companies to make oseltamivir without having to worry about legal repercussions,” DG Shah, secretary general of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), said. In fact, the IPA, a body of leading domestic firms, had submitted a memorandum to the government in October last year suggesting the move.

Recall an earlier post on IPBiz mentioning Indians referring to a Roche application.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Mike Conlin and i would like to show you my personal experience with Tamiflu.

I am 26 years old. Have been on Tamiflu for 5 days now. This stuff ROCKS. I was running a 104 Fever ... felt like I was doing to die, was snapping at everyone, etc. I got home and took my first dose along with a dose of Robotussin for my cough. I woke up 3 hours later and my fever dropped from 103.7 to 99.3. It fluctuated a little after that but remained under 100. Body Aches were gone. I was sweating like a mad man but that was probably the fever breaking.

I have experienced some of these side effects-
Mild nausea .. almost puked on first dose. Also had mental fog going on. Concentration was difficult but my doctor forwarned me it makes you 'loopy'.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Mike Conlin

Tamiflu Prescription Medication

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