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Aid agencies condemn drug confiscation

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1002
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

    Aid agencies have condemned the Dutch government’s seizure of a shipment of antiretroviral drugs destined for sub-Saharan Africa, which they say flouts world trade rules and will put patients’ lives at risk.

    Oxfam International, Health Action International, and the World Health Organization say that the 50 kg consignment of abacavir should be released immediately, before the health of hundreds of Nigerian patients with AIDS or infected with HIV is affected.

    Dutch customs seized the drugs on their way from India in November at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, on suspicion that they might be counterfeit or have breached local intellectual property rights.

    The suggestions were …

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