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Israel Uses Powers to Override Drug Patent for Coronavirus Use

March 19, 2020, 12:03 PM

Israel approved the import of a generic version of Kaletra, a patent-protected drug that is intended for treatment of HIV, for use in coronavirus cases, the Justice Ministry said.

  • This is the first time since the 1967 patent law came into force that the Attorney General is making use of an article in the law that permits approval of a generic version of a patent-protected drug
  • Drug was found by Health Ministry to be a possible treatment for coronavirus and therefore is urgently needed to protect public health
  • The company holding the patent is unable to supply the necessary amount ...