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Lifestyle Extra reports that pharmaceutical company Phynova has obtained its first UK patent for a medicine based on Chinese medicine. The patent is in respect of PYN17, a botanical drug for the treatment of Hepatitis C.
The IPKat wonders precisely how much this drug is based on Chinese medicine. Presumably if it is too faithful, it should be barred from patentability.