European Union joins fight over drug patents

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:12
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union is trying to use international patent rules to help developing countries obtain cheaper drugs for fighting life threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

    It is pressing the World Trade Organisation to apply flexibility to the agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights to take account of wider policy objectives, …

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