Earlier this month, the Malaysian AIDS council, an umbrella group of 49 civil society groups, asked the Malaysian Minister of Health to begin a government sponsored program to provide second line treatment to people with HIV/AIDS. In order to make this feasible, the Council requests that the Ministry grant a compulsory license for government use under Section 84 of the Patents Act for patents related to Lopinavir+Ritonavir, an important antiretroviral sold under the brand name Kaletra by Abbott.
The Brazilian Instituto nacional da Propriedade Industrial announced it will fast track its decision on whether or not to grant patents on the heat-stablized versions of lopinavir+ritonavir (brand names: Kaletra, Aluvia) and ritonavir (Norvir). Both drugs are important antiretroviral drugs recommended by the World Health Organization for HIV/AIDS treatment in resource-poor settings. If the follow on patents are granted, they will not expire until 2024.