By IndyKids Staff

Novartis, a pharmaceutical (drug) company, is suing the country of India. India decided not to give Novartis a patent (ownership rights) for the drug Gleevec, which is for people with breast cancer. This means that any company can make the drug. If Novartis wins, India might not be able to continue to make low-cost drugs that are sent all over the world. Drugs produced in India are used to treat about half of all HIV patients in poor countries.