US given more time to consider cheap drugs deal for poor nations

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:353
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    Trade negotiators said on Monday they needed more time to persuade the United States to agree to a revised deal that would give African and other poor nations access to cheap, lifesaving drugs.

    Negotiators for the 144 member countries of the World Trade Organization failed to meet their deadline of reaching agreement by the end of 2002 after the United States, under pressure from its powerful pharmaceutical lobby, blocked the deal.

    Eduardo Perez Motta, Mexico's envoy at the organisation …

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