Pharma’s Voluntary Licensing In India Successful In 2021 – But There Were Some Delicate Moments
Merck and Lilly tackle some early challenges before striking voluntary licensing deals for COVID-19 therapies with Indian firms. Data around the use of these drugs in low- and middle-income countries could also potentially make them ‘more acceptable’ elsewhere, experts say.
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