Neurope: We need a patent revolution, not a blame game
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 01 Dec 2008 13:26
Number of posts: 1
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Often, the break-even of a drug is only reached in the last month or weeks of patent duration. Taking this into account, it does not seem unfair that big pharma companies use the possibilities that the European patent system offers. The first offer is for such a European system not to exist at all. After the initial filing of a patent to the European Patent Office, the patent itself is transferred to a jungle-like system of national regulations, making a clear cut after the end of the patent duration impossible. The amount of money spent by the originator as well as generic companies is outrageous. [...] It drives both sides away from their core business and delays generic medicines, resulting in a severe cost burden for our health systems. The Commission should now do the only right thing. It should not start the blame game; it should not condemn big pharma for a legitimate strategy. It should start the process of reforming the European patent system.
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