Hundreds Protest Novartis Challenge to Patent Law
Associated Press

NEW DELHI — Hundreds of Indian activists protested in New Delhi on Monday against a challenge to the country’s patent law by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, saying the move could leave millions without access to affordable medicine.

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Quarter of a Million People Urge Novartis To Drop Case Against India

Company Would Effectively be Shutting Down the “Pharmacy of the Developing World”

New Delhi/Geneva, 29 January 2007 – As pharmaceutical company Novartis proceeded with its legal challenge against the Indian government in a court hearing in Chennai, India, today, nearly a quarter of a million people from over 150 countries expressed their concern about the negative impact the company’s actions could have on access to medicines in developing countries. The Indian Network for People with HIV/AIDS (INP+), the People’s Health Movement, the Centre for Trade and Development (Centad), together with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), called on the company again today to immediately cease its legal action in India.

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