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“Foot dragging” by the West threatens drugs deal for poorer countries

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:10
  1. Fion Fleck
  1. Geneva

    Campaigners fighting to give poorer countries facing health crises access to affordable medicines have accused richer nations of back pedalling and foot dragging on commitments made at last November's ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Doha, capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.

    The United States and the European Union's 15 member states pledged to ease the WTO's rules on patents, so that drugs such as antiretrovirals for combatting HIV infection and AIDS could be produced to meet urgent public health needs in the world's poorer countries.

    Under the so called Doha Declaration, members of the WTO gave themselves until the end of the year to come up with a solution.

    But campaigners said that proposals made …

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