Gilead Deal Allows Overseas Generics Of COVID Drug

STAT News reports:

Seeking to blunt concerns about access to its remdesivir treatment for Covid-19, Gilead Sciences (GILD) signed deals with five generic companies in India and Pakistan to manufacture and distribute the experimental medicine to 127 countries.

Under the agreements, the companies can set their own prices, but will not have to pay royalties to Gilead until the World Health Organization declares an end to the public health emergency for the novel coronavirus, or until another medicine or vaccine is approve to treat or prevent Covid-19.

The deals cover mostly low-income and lower-middle income countries, but also some upper-middle- and high-income countries that Gilead said face significant obstacles to access.

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