American Medical Association opposes patents

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:12

Patenting of medical and surgical procedures is a disturbing phenomenon in the US, said the American Medical Association (AMA) last week. The house of delegates, its policymaking body, condemned the practice at its annual meeting.

Until recently medical procedures were not patented in the US, but several patents are now issued every week. An ophthalmologist in Arizona patented an incision for cataract operations that needed no stitches to close the wound. He has sued another surgeon who used …

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