Drug companies withdraw law suit against South Africa

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1011
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    AIDS activists are now looking to the South African government to provide access to cheaper drug treatment for HIV infection and AIDS after 39 large pharmaceutical companies withdrew their case against the government in the Pretoria High Court last week.

    The companies brought the law suit three years ago in the hope of stopping the government promulgating legislation it had passed in 1997 that was aimed, through various mechanisms, at lowering the cost of drugs to South Africans. …

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