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PhRMA Statement on India Supreme Court Decision on Glivec

PhRMA April 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2013) – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John Castellani issued the following statement today:

“PhRMA is very disappointed with the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to deny a patent on Glivec. This decision marks yet another example of the deteriorating innovation environment in India.  Innovation is critical in meeting unmet needs of patients and is particularly relevant in the context of changing healthcare systems. In order to solve the real health challenges of India’s patients, it is critically important that India promote a policy environment that supports continued research and development of new medicines for the health of patients in India and worldwide. Protecting intellectual property is fundamental to the discovery of new medicines. The research-based pharmaceutical industry is committed to working closely with the Indian Government and other stakeholders to find appropriate solutions to this challenge.”

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested over $500 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $49.5 billion in 2011 alone.

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