Judge bans hepatitis C test kitsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1533 (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1533
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The sale of kits that are widely used throughout the NHS for testing blood for the presence of hepatitis C virus was banned by a High Court judge in Britain last week. He held that a Californian biotechnology company effectively owns the patent on hepatitis C virus, which it discovered in 1987.
The permanent ban on kits made by Murex Diagnostic Laboratories and Organon Teknika follows a ruling last May by Mr Justice Aldous that the kits infringed a patent on the virus owned by Chiron Corporation. Murex, a British company, and Organon, a …