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PostSubject: Thailand violates Patent Laws to treat AIDS   Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:34 pm

Source: Washington Post

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Thailand's army-appointed government confirmed on Monday it approved a cheap, copycat version of a blockbuster heart disease drug, the first time a developing country has torn up the international patent for such a treatment.

In addition to the "compulsory license" of Plavix, made by U.S. and European pharmaceutical giants Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, Bangkok approved a generic version of Abbott Laboratories' Kaletra, an HIV/AIDS treatment.

The move, which Thai health officials said would save the country as much as 800 million baht ($24 million) a year, drew flak from the drug industry but praise from AIDS activists.

"We have to do this because we don't have enough money to buy safe and necessary drugs for the people under the government's universal health scheme," Health Minister Mongkol na Songkhla told reporters on Monday, confirming newspaper reports that circulated last week.

I now throw my support behind Thailand as the best country in the world, after finally toppling the M. Bison regime and punching pharmaceutical companies in the nuts. It's about time a country actually adheres to the people they are meant to be serving. These companies hold a monopoly over medication and people are dying because they cannot afford to be helped. No laws should come before a human's right to live.

Thailand also birthed Tony Jaa, the next biggest action star.

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PostSubject: Re: Thailand violates Patent Laws to treat AIDS   Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:44 pm

Power to the people and Tony Jaa? Thailand IS the best country in the world!
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PostSubject: Re: Thailand violates Patent Laws to treat AIDS   Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:06 am

I just read Latina Magazine (don't ask why) and it said that Brazil is doing the same thing.
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