Each of the 3 drugs— Dasatinib Trastuzumab & Ixabepilone—costs 1L for a month’s dose

The government has appointed a panel to look into issues related to compulsory licensing of drugs and whether cheaper versions of cancer medicines Trastuzumab, Ixabepilone and Dasatinib can be launched under the provision, a person with knowledge of the development said. According to the person, the health ministry has sent its proposal regarding compulsory licensing for the three drugs to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which in turn has sought the opinion of the department of pharmaceuticals. Srikant Jena, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, however, denied having received any note.

The GI craze in India is as inexplicable as the ways in which the Registry grants it

People of Hoovina Hadagali (population: 27,958), the taluka headquarters of Bellary district of Karnataka, are inordinately proud of their variety of mallige (jasmine). So are the growers from Udipi and Mysore, all of them claiming unique and distinctive features for their varieties of these sweet-smelling flowers which are offered to temple deities or used by south Indian women to adorn their hair.

Several of India’s key concerns found a mention during the recently concluded climate talks in Doha even as the UN organised meet failed to break the ground for aggressive emission cuts or a firm f

The Doha climate talks could not take “ambitious or meaningful decisions” on financing commitments of developed countries, the government on Tuesday said.

However, India could protect its interests “fully” and succeeded in bringing the three issues of “Equity, technology-related IPRs (intellectual property rights) and the unilateral measures firmly back on the table,” it said. “Among the key concerns which the conference could not address are those relating to financing commitments of developed countries, sectoral actions and the issue of compensation for loss and damage arising from climate change,” the government said two days after the conclusion of the Doha conference.

Biopiracy is a compound word consisting of ‘bio’ which is a short form for ‘biology’ and ‘piracy’. Biopirates are those
individuals and industries/companies accused of one or both of the following acts: (i) the theft, misappropriation of, or

Controversies and litigations threaten to derail a sector that once saw immense potential in India.

Why don't you sell it for Rs.5?

Institutionalised mechanism forbenefit sharing mooted

As India gets ready to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) arising from utilisation of genetic resources, scientists and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) experts point to the dangers of opening up the country’s rich biodiversity for exploitation by foreign powers without a domestic regulatory framework in place. The first meeting of the signatories to the protocol is being held in connection with the 11{+t}{+h}Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which began in Hyderabad on Monday.

This global citizens' report published by Navdanya, depicts concentration and restrictions in the global seed sector as a result of IPR regimes and corporate convergence. Focuses on the need to stop seed laws that are preventing farmers from saving and exchanging their native varieties.

As India plays host to the Convention on Biological Diversity's 11th Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad in October 2012, this article takes a closer look at the country's legislation on the subject - the Biological Diversity Act (2002).