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Cheap medicine deal not kept

15th November 2006

Campaigners say that the world's poorest people are still not receiving the medicines they need in spite of a trade agreement signed five years ago which promised them affordable medicines.

Many rich nations have yet to fulfill their obligations under the "Doha Declaration", leaving millions without access to low-cost, generic drugs promised by the deal, which was made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001 under its agreements governing intellectual property.

Instead, some countries, including the United States, were putting pressure on poorer countries to impose stricter patent controls, according to Oxfam, AIDS campaigners and medical groups.

Low-cost medications are vital to the fight against global killers like malaria and AIDS, campaigners say.

At the time, the Doha Declaration was hailed as a breakthrough for people who needed life-saving treatments.

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Gwendoline Harlow

Thursday 16th November 2006 @ 16:20

Many PCTs in the UK are in deficit and therefore patients are being forced to take less effective substitutes.

Maybe we will soon be asking for aid ourselves??

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Article Information

Title: Cheap medicine deal not kept
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1086
Date Added: 15th Nov 2006


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