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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    Cancer drug maker Novartis loses India patent battle

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 01:58pm by AFP

    ... for an updated version of its blockbuster cancer drug Glivec, arguing that the compound was a significant improvement because it is more easily absorbed by the body. But in a ruling that went ... for making only small modifications – an industry practice known as “evergreening” – and the ruling enables generic drugmakers to continue copying Glivec. The case is the most high-profile of several ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1204646/cancer-drug-maker-novartis-loses-india-patent-battle
  2. New drug sparks hope in battle against blood cancer

    Posted Jan 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Sophie Taylor A 90pc success rate is reported in using Glivec in the early stages of leukaemia A new anti-cancer drug is giving hope to blood-cancer patients, medical experts said yesterday. Glivec, made by the Basel-based firm Novartis, had a 90 per cent success rate among people suffering chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), providing they were treated in the early stages ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/440564/new-drug-sparks-hope-battle-against-blood-cancer
  3. Leukaemia super drug could be years away

    Posted Nov 14th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy in Boston Hong Kong leukaemia patients who are resistant to the so-called wonder drug Glivec may have to wait for years before a stronger version of the medication is available, according to its manufacturer, Novartis. The new version, dubbed 'Super Glivec', is in the second phase of clinical trials, but it will be several years before all the trials are completed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/524830
  4. Fresh hope for leukaemia patients

    Posted Sep 12th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... But AMN107, like leukaemia 'wonder' drug Glivec, is costly and there are already calls for it to be subsidised. The drug, now under clinical trials in the United States, takes over where Glivec leaves off- by treating the accelerated and acute stages of myeloid leukaemia, the white blood cell cancer that hits about 300 people a year in the city. University of Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/515912/fresh-hope-leukaemia-patients
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Novartis drug ruling a victory for patients

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Amrit Dhillon Amrit Dhillon says ruling against Novartis over anti-cancer drug Glivec exposes the flaws in profit-focused business models and also patent laws Patent reform? Rightly seen as the outcome of a battle between "patients and profits", the Indian Supreme Court's ruling on Monday against Novartis' demand for a patent for its leukaemia drug Glivec has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1206326/novartis-drug-ruling-victory-patients
  6. Hitting leukaemia early 'gets best results'

    Posted Mar 20th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... as possible, because the later it is used the less effective it becomes, a meeting of experts was told yesterday. World cancer authorities meeting in Hong Kong said resistance to Glivec could occur ... showed that 97 per cent of chronic myeloid leukaemia patients taking Glivec survived for at least four years- almost double the rate of those on traditional cancer drugs. 'If this trend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/493605/hitting-leukaemia-early-gets-best-results
  7. Means test set for leukaemia drug

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Critics say the cutoff for eligibility to subsidies is unfair to some users of Glivec Leukaemia patients will be subject to a means test before they can receive subsidies for an expensive first-line drug, the Hospital Authority said last night. Patients who are prescribed Glivec, but cannot afford it, will be subsidised by the Samaritan Fund. That means they will have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/486258/means-test-set-leukaemia-drug
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    One man's pain is still another's gain

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Hari Kumar

    ... out new drugs in India. Critics say groups like Novartis add variations to existing drugs to prolong patents and keep earning high profits. Glivec, the drug in question, costs up to US$70,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1206505/one-mans-pain-still-anothers-gain
  9. Herb offers new hope to leukaemia sufferers

    Posted Jun 16th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... that Gleditsia sinensis can induce self-destruction of cancer cells. They also say it could be an alternative to the expensive 'wonder drug' Glivec in treating blood cancer and could eventually ... of other cancers such as breast, prostate and nasopharyngeal cancers. It might also provide a cheaper alternative to Glivec, the costly 'wonder drug' for blood cancer. Glivec has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/504631/herb-offers-new-hope-leukaemia-sufferers
  10. Charity denies selling donated cancer drugs

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and gastrointestinal cancer patients. The charity said it had strict regulations in the application and circulation of the drug Glivec, donated by pharmaceutical giant Novartis and usually sold for about ... and that the practice was that patients who had already bought three months' supply of Glivec would receive another nine months' supply free of charge, using the donated drug. This complied ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977947/charity-denies-selling-donated-cancer-drugs

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