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US concedes on cheaper drug production in Brazil

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.12/b (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:12
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    In an attempt to stem criticism from AIDS activists and developing countries, the Bush administration has dropped its complaint to the World Trade Organisation against a Brazilian drugs patent law that was being used to provide greater access to medicines for poor people there.

    The United States made the complaint in February, arguing that the Brazilian law violated international trade rules. In particular, the United States said the law infringed the overseas patent rights of multinational …

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