Johannesburg - Restrictive patents on new ARV drugs are hindering their use in developing countries such as South Africa, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) said Thursday.
“The power balance has to change as developing countries begin to make use of their rights to overcome patents, when monopoly sellers price their drugs out of reach,” DWB access campaign medical director Nathan Ford said in Johannesburg.
He said most new patents for HIV drugs were being made in India, a major producer of generic drugs, and this was hindering the organisation's efforts to tackle Aids.
“For this reason, we fully support countries like India that are using their new patent laws to deal with monopoly abuses. If high prices prevent access to life-saving medicines, they override them,” Ford said.
Ford was commenting on the release of a report in Washington, DC, “Untangling the Web of Antiretroviral Price Reductions”.