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US changes trade policy on essential medicines

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1521
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    Bill Clinton, the president of the United States, has promised that his government will change its trade policy to support greater access to essential medicines in the developing world.

    At the World Trade Organisation ministerial meetings in Seattle, President Clinton said: “The United States will henceforward implement its healthcare and trade policies in a manner that ensures that people in the poorest countries won't have to go without the medicine they …

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