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US blocks deal on cheap drugs

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.9 (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:9
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    The United States has blocked a deal to give African and other developing countries access to affordable lifesaving drugs but called for a temporary moratorium on drug patents until an agreement is reached.

    Negotiators for 144 member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO), who met in Geneva on 20 December, said they were disappointed, because they had pledged to reach an agreement by the end of 2002, under the Doha Declaration a year ago (BMJ 2001;323:1146).

    The plan is to ease …

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