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AIDS activists in Thailand pressurise US government

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:207
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    A coalition of AIDS activists in Thailand, with the support of Médecins Sans Frontiàres, sought assurances from theUS government this week that it would allow Thailand toproduce its own cheap version of the antiretroviral drugdidanosine.

    The activists wanted the Thai government to issue what is known as a “compulsory licence” for the drug, but the government failed to do so.

    The compulsory licensing system allows local manufacturers in poor countries to make cheap versions of …

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