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No, You Can’t March in On Remdesivir

One thing you should never say in 2020 is: “Well, at least things can’t get any worse.” They can and often do. The latest exhibit—in the intellectual property space at least—is a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Collins and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Hahn authored by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. It’s also signed by 32 other state attorneys general, along with those representing the District of Columbia, Guam and American Samoa. They are demanding that the government use its authorities under the Bayh-Dole Act to march in against Gilead Sciences, the maker of the COVID-19-fighting drug remdesivir, so that it can be made more widely available at a lower cost.

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