Laud the failure of J&J’s shot at patent evergreening3 min read 30 Mar 2023, 08:49 PM IST
Bedaquiline is a TB drug that must reach large numbers as prices are pushed down by generic rivalry after its base compound goes off patent this July, as authorities have ruled
It was a cold winter afternoon in November 2013. At about 2pm, one of us (Nandita) took a short nap, drifting asleep over warm memories of a birthday party two days earlier on turning 24, and awoke 15 minutes later, unable to hear anything. The world around had turned silent, without a warning. Such an instant loss of hearing was supposed to be material for horror fiction, but this was real. The ‘culprit’ here was the side-effect of an injection named Kanamycin, a toxic old drug administered as part of Nandita’s treatment for tuberculosis (TB).
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