Five years after the compulsory license was first signed, the first pill might now start rolling off the production line.
What all this goes to show is that the production of high quality generic medicines that meet acceptable regulatory standards is a costly and time-consuming business. As Apotex found out the hard way, it's difficult to turn a profit even with a generous government subsidy and guaranteed buyer.
Why, then, do health activists continually push compulsory licenses as the answer to the health problems of the developing world? Surely it's nothing to do with ideology?