For almost two years, patients with Fabry's disease have been dealing with severe shortages of the medicine they need — Genzyme's Fabrazyme — as Genzyme deals with manufacturing problems and contamination. A year ago, the patients asked NIH to step in and demand that Genzyme allow other drug companies to make Fabrazyme, a provision known as "march-in" rights that NIH can exercise under certain circumstances according to the Bayh-Dole Act.

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