Sunday, November 27, 2005

Taiwan says, "no license - don't care"

Forbes reports that Taiwanese authorities have granted the island's Department of Health permission to produce Tamiflu despite its failure to obtain a license from Roche. Tamiflu is an anti-viral that is hoped to check bird flu.

Reportedly, the Taiwanese manufactured Tamiflu would only be used if Roche could not deliver what the island required to stem the bird flu. Also, authorities indicated that they will continue to seek a license from Roche and will discuss compensation.

Donkey comment:

A very real epidemic that should be concerning industrialized nations is the stealing of intellectual property.

Read the Forbes article linked here.

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