Who owns HIV-prevention drugs? Taxpayers, the U.S. says

 

Source: Donald G. McNeil Jr. & Apoorva Mandavilli, N.Y.Times ( Paid Registration )

After years of prodding by patient advocates, federal officials sued the drug maker Gilead Sciences, charging that it had infringed government patents on the idea of preventing H.I.V. with a daily pill.

“The fact that the federal government sued a drug maker over a medication developed in part with taxpayer money is a milestone,” said Zain Rizvi, a researcher in the medicines access program at Public Citizen.

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