Top of the Morning: Indonesia to Override HIV Drug Patents; CAR Coup Watch

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Indonesia to Override HIV Drug Patents

Indonesia is set to implement a policy that will give generic drug makers greater ability to produce patented medicines. “The Indonesian government hopes to implement one of the largest ever examples of ‘compulsory licensing’, which will enable the generic manufacture of drugs still under patent…The latest use of compulsory licensing – Indonesia’s third to date – will allow the government to expand its access to the second-line ARVs, he said, including tenofovir, emtricitabine, and lopinavir/ritonavir.” (IRIN

Central African Republic Coup Watch: Rebel Leader to Name Power Sharing Government

The deposed president has fled to Cameroon. There’s looting and blood on the streets of Bangui. The international community may come down hard on the putschists. Now, the Seleka rebels must figure out how to run the country. “The leader of rebels in Central African Republic pledged to name a power-sharing government in a bid to defuse international criticism of Sunday’s coup that killed 13 South African soldiers and plunged the mineral-rich nation into chaos. Regional peacekeepers said that the leader of the Seleka rebel coalition, self-proclaimed President Michel Djotodia, appealed for help in restoring order after his own men joined in a second day of looting in the riverside capital Bangui.” (AlertNet