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Bayer loses plea against cheap Indian cancer drug

AP  New Delhi, March 05, 2013
First Published: 11:54 IST(5/3/2013) | Last Updated: 12:04 IST(5/3/2013)

India's patent appeals office has rejected international drug maker Bayer AG's plea to stop an Indian company from manufacturing a cheaper generic version of a patented cancer drug.

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The ruling passed on Monday is being hailed as an important precedent for getting inexpensive life-saving drugs to the poor.

The German company had filed an appeal against the Indian patents office's decision last year to grant a compulsory license to local drug manufacturer Natco Pharma to produce a generic version of its kidney and liver cancer treatment Nexavar.

Bayer sells a one month supply of the drug for about $5,600. Natco's version would cost Indian patients $175 a month.

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