E-DRUG: Abbott denies the world their medicine
Our pharmacy has a couple of patients who use Depakote (divalproex sodium)
sprinkle capsules from Abbott USA.
[Divalproex is used for epilepsy and some psychiatric conditions- Moderator].
Depakote is no longer available in Norway.
Any wholesaler who wants to trade Abbott's medicines in USA has to sign a
document where they promise not to sell these medicines outside USA. And when
Abbott Norway denies to import them to Norway, the inversed embargo is
We did manage to obtain a generic substitute. But this attitude from Abbott
is problematic. Norway has about 5 mill inhabitants. Like in very, very many
other countries this is not a large enough population to make an ordinary
profitable market for many medicines. We are dependent on unregistered
medicines, preferably imported from countries with a decent regulatory
USA is the world's largest medicine market. Abbott is denying the rest of
the world access to their medicine. That is wrong doing.
Hospital Pharmacy of Elverum, Norway