I was watching this video. The guy apparently has a decent background in organic chemistry. In this video, he is making propionic acid, with the ultimate aim of making Pyrimethamine. Though he doesn’t discuss it, Pyrimethamine is the drug that is the subject of the recent controversy where a hedge fund bought the sole rights to it and then jacked the price up sky high. See the article on wiki for more information.
My questions are:
- Let’s say hypothetically, the guy in the video is HIV positive and is in need of the drug. Is he legally allowed to produce and consume this drug provided he is not selling it or providing it to anyone else? Would it matter if he had a prescription for it?
- Would there be any legal ramifications to him giving detailed instructions on how consumers could potentially acquire their own supply of a patented product on the cheap?
Feel free to give answers for your specific location/jurisdiction etc.