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Brazil and India file complaint against EU over seizure of generic drugs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2672
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    India and Brazil have filed legal proceedings against the European Union and the Netherlands over the seizure of generic drugs in transit, alleging that the actions breach global rules and undermine public health in poor nations.

    The two countries, in separate complaints filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claim that in 2008 and 2009 customs authorities seized consignments of generic drugs on grounds that the shipments were suspected of infringing patent rights (BMJ 2009;338:b1002, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1002).

    India says that Dutch authorities seized at least 19 consignments of generic drugs in transit in 2008 and 2009, 16 of which originated in India. These included a consignment of the antiretroviral abacavir from India, bought on behalf of the drug purchasing agency UNITAID …

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