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How poor countries can gain access to cheap drugs

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:642
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    The landmark agreement to cut the costs of drugs for poor countries, agreed in Geneva on 30 August (6 September, p 517), is intended to help the countries tackle public health crises, especially HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Twenty three rich countries have said they will not be using the system, while 11 less wealthy nations, including Mexico, Israel, Korea, and Turkey, have said they will use it only for emergencies.

    The …

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