Nevirapine from China, anyone?
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Opens the Door to Chinese Pills
“To export its FDA-approved medicine, [Chinese drug manufacturer] Huahai must wait until May 2012, when a U.S. patent held by Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH for the AIDS drug Nevirapine, which the German company markets under the brand name Viramune, is set to expire. Huahai currently sells Nevirapine to the Chinese government for around $3.50 for one bottle of 60, 200-milligram pills.
But the FDA imprimatur will make it easier for Huahai to get other approvals and attract American drug partners. Huahai now hopes to replicate its FDA performance with other pharmaceutical products and to start exporting a finished-dosage Alzheimer’s drug to Europe as early as next year.”
Nevirapine from China…. Hey, when it kills people, it will still be ‘hiv’s’ fault, right? (Or will we blame China?)
God bless the free market…