Published in AIDS Weekly, June 18th, 2001
Those proposals, raised by Brazil, had called for legislative protection of local production of cheaper generic drugs, a plan criticized by multinational producers of branded products. But a number of countries objected on the grounds that the WHO didn't have the authority or resources to take on such a role, and that trade and patent issues were best handled by the World Trade Organization, which sets global trade rules.
In a resolution adopted May 19, 2001, after two days of heated debate at...
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