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UK government supports measures to cut drug prices in developing countries

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1056
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The UK government has given qualified support to measures that could lift barriers to providing cheaper generic drugs in developing countries, in a response announced last week to a report on intellectual property.

    The government agreed that intellectual property rights (such as patents on drugs and manufacturing processes) “can and should be tailored to take into account individual country's circumstances within the framework of international agreements.” However, it said that the use of compulsory licensing—in which countries can import generic drugs …

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