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European MPs offer extension of patents to companies developing drugs for children

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:595
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    European Union legislation designed to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs specifically tailored to children's needs has moved closer to the statute book after members of the European parliament (MEPs) voted to endorse it.

    Françoise Grossetête, the French Christian Democrat member who steered the bill through the parliament, said after the vote: “What concerns me are the 100 million Europeans who are under 18 years of age. Thanks to the European Union, our children will soon benefit from appropriate and safe medicines and will no longer have to depend on the good will of …

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