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Drug companies are ignoring health crisis in poor countries, Oxfam says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39413.341701.DB (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1111
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    The drug industry is “burying its head in the sand” when dealing with health in developing countries and denying poorer people access to life saving drugs, a report claims this week.

    A critical report by the international agency Oxfam says that the drug industry is refusing to change the way it does business in poor countries, despite promising that it would, and is undermining its own future.

    Oxfam's report looks at the world's top 12 drug companies, including their drug pricing policies, their record in developing drugs that are relevant to health care in poor countries, and their stance on protecting intellectual property rights.

    The report says that the industry shows various …

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