Category: Updates

Supreme Court says no to Bayer, upholds compulsory license on Nexavar

December 12, 2014 In a momentous decision that would have wide-ranging implication for access to medicines, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain Bayer’s appeal to set aside the compulsory license (CL) on Sorafenib (Nexavar). The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bayer’s Special Leave Petition against the Bombay High Court’s...

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Calcutta High Court quashes the criminal charges against Pinki Pramanik

In a closely watched case, Justice Subrata Talukdar of the Calcutta High Court today quashed charges of rape, cheating, causing grievous hurt, criminal intimidation, and others, framed against Pinki Pramanik, the famous woman athlete from Kolkata and nullified the charge sheet filed by the Kolkata police against her. In June...

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Civil society opposes patent on sofosbuvir

10 September, 2014- In a move towards furthering access to affordable medicines, Lawyers Collective through Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, the Hepatitis Coalition of Nagaland and Network of PLHIV living in the Asia Pacific region (APN+), filed a pre- grant challenge to sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) in India. The opposition is against the pro-drug...

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National Judicial Appointments Commission, A Critique by Indira Jaising

An assessment of the new law introduced to appoint judges argues that it will make the judiciary subservient to the executive and thus throws a fundamental challenge to the Constitution and Indian democracy. The long-pending demands for transparency and accountability of judges and for making the judiciary more representative have...

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Letter to the Chief Justice of India regarding Creche

I write to inform you that several of us welcome  the changes introduced in the premises of the Supreme Court which we have noticed on the reopening of the Court.  In particular the public corridors are neat and clean and the entire building is looking more friendly and welcoming.  I...

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Concern for the Dead, Condemnation for the Living

While ruling that women were increasingly misusing Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court ought to have been more conscious of the prevalence of domestic violence, and the difficulties women face in approaching the police. When faced with evidence of a poor conviction rate, instead of inquiring...

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Uncle Sam: Culprit, judge & hangman

Warning letters have been routinely sent by USFDA to generic firms & drug MNCs. But the Indian media attention using such warning letters after inspection of manufacturing sites and alarming quotes made on quality standards of Indian medicines supplied in the USA and rest of world are deliberately over-emphasised to...

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