The Medicines Patent Pool Adds New Sub-Licensing Agreements to Improve Access to Novel ARVs in Developing Countries

September 25, 2014 12:03 PM

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Two months after signing a licence with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the company's novel investigational medicine tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), MPP announced six new sub-licences with Aurobindo, Cipla, Desano, Emcure, Hetero Labs and Laurus Labs to allow generic manufacture of TAF for 112 developing countries. MPP's announcement comes one day after Gilead released positive results on two of its TAF Phase III studies, suggesting that the medicine has the potential to play a large role in the international community's efforts to scale-up HIV treatment.[1]

"The generic companies will begin development plans for a promising, new HIV product simultaneous with the US Food and Drug Administration's review to expedite access to low- and middle-income countries once the medicine is approved," said Greg Perry, Executive Director, MPP. "This is revolutionary ...

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