Controversial drug launched in Vietnam

Vietnam started yesterday selling Pegnano amid massive supports that the generic hepatitis drug is a lifesaver for the poor as well as protests from a Swiss firm that the act violates intellectual rights. The Pegnano 180mcg, produced by Ho Chi Minh City-based Nanogen Biopharmaceutical Ltd Company, has been put on sale at the Cam Ha Drugstore in the city's district 5. Nearly 10 packets were sold for VND1.9 million ($97) each on the first day, said pharmacist Nguyen Thi Cam Ha, head of the … [Read more...]

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Roche yet to prove Vietnamese firm’s violations


VietNamNet Bridge - Roche has not yet proved that Nanogen violated intellectual property laws, said Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang on an interview with VNExpress on December 22. … [Read more...]

Swiss firm opposes VN drugs for patent breach

Switzerland's La Roche AG has demanded a Vietnamese firm to stop making Pegnano on allegations the hepatitis drug uses a compound patented in Vietnam. Roche has sent a letter to Ho Chi Minh City-based Nanogen Biopharmaceutical Ltd Company, requesting the latter to stop producing, circulating and advertising its Pegnano from December 30. Pegnano is sourced from Peginterferon alfa 2a that the Swiss firm says is patented in Vietnam. According to the letter, interferon could not be made in … [Read more...]

Vietnam issues caution on fatally infectious African disease


Although no cases have surfaced in the country, Vietnamese authorities have issued a nationwide alert for Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a fatally infectious disease originating from Kenya. The Central Health Preventative Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Health said it had informed provincial authorities that there were no licensed vaccines or medicines against the disease to date. Approaches to the control of disease, which is threatening Asia and continental Europe, involve protection from … [Read more...]