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World Trade Organization finally agrees cheap drugs deal

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.517 (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:517
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    A long awaited trade deal to give poor nations access to cheap lifesaving drugs for diseases such as AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis was agreed on 30 August after eight months of stalling—which was mainly due to US objections.


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    Washington demonstrators stage a mass “die in” earlier this year in protest at the US resistance to a cheap drugs deal

    Credit: AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

    Negotiators from the 146 member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) who hammered out the deal hailed it as a major breakthrough.

    “All people of good will and good conscience will be very happy today with the decision …

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