Uncertain benefits. Russian authorities issue first-ever compulsory license for controversial coronavirus treatment

For the first time ever, the Russian government has invoked compulsory licensing “in the interests of national security,” giving the domestic pharmaceutical company Pharmasyntez permission to mass produce its generic of the antiviral drug remdesivir. The American company that developed this coronavirus treatment — and owns the patent for it — didn’t consent to this decision. Moreover, studies of the drug’s effectiveness against COVID-19 have yielded mixed results.