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Bayer loses plea against cheap Indian cancer drug

India's patent appeals office rejects international drug maker Bayer's plea to stop an Indian company from manufacturing a cheaper generic version of a patented cancer drug.
AP | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2013 12:04 PM IST

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.

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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