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Brazil, Thailand Override Big Pharma Patents

Science  11 May 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5826, pp. 816
DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5826.816

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Brazil on 4 May for the first time signed a "compulsory license" that allows the country to make or import a generic version of a patented anti-HIV drug, shortly after Thailand decided on similar action with the same drug--efavirenz--and two others. (Read more.)