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Canada forced to honour Bayer's patent on ciprofloxacin

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:956
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    In an embarrassing mix-up, Canada's federal government will pay twice for a supply of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (marketed as Cipro) that it ordered to protect Canadians in case they are faced with an outbreak of anthrax, as has happened in the United States.

    The federal health department broke its own drug patent rules when it ordered the drug from a generic drug manufacturer, Apotex. The patent, held by Bayer AG, …

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