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Thai Civil Society opposes Gilead’s Patent Application of HIV drugs  January 9, 2012 – 11:35 am

Open Letter: Opposing the Patent Application of Tenofovir+Emtricitabine (TDF+FTC)

18th July, 2012

Dear  Director General, Department of Intellectual Property,

Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+) and non-government organizations working on AIDS, access to treatment, and public health have a grave concern when we acknowledge that Gilead Sciences, Inc. has applied for patents on the fixed-dose combination AVR tenofovir + emtricitabine (TDF+FTC) in Thailand with claims on dosage/dose, formulation, and combinations.  These ARV’s patent applications should not be awarded as they do not meet the patentability criteria, in accordance with the Thai Patent Act and the pharmaceutical science’s principles.  Due to the problematic patent database and the mere 90-day pre-grant opposition period, it is a barrier preventing others to oppose in time.

The country’s HIV & AIDS treatment will be severely affected and the national goal of the HIV treatment scale-up is impossible if the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) agrees to approve patent applications on TDF+FTC. In Thailand, the ARVs with the combination of TDF are effective HIV-treatment regimens and adopted to be alternative first-line regimens to treat HIV & AIDS and a HIV co-infection disease, Hepatitis B.  The medicine has been included in the National Essential Drug List (NEDL) and in the national HIV treatment guideline since 2010, and later on it has also been in the NEDL for Hepatitis B treatment since March 2012.  Therefore, PLHIVs who need this ARV – as they cannot tolerate adverse side-effects from the use of the other ARVs, have HIV co-infection Hepatitis B, or have some limitations to other ARV regimens, will be able to access effective treatment and regain their better quality of lives.

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