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A little international disagreement over affordable medicines

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The Hindu reports:

India, China and other members of the BRICS group of countries have agreed to stand together to oppose any moves by developed nations to tighten Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) rules that could threaten access to affordable drugs in developing countries, officials said on Tuesday following two days of talks.

China had also agreed to look into India’s requests to expedite the registration process for Indian pharmaceutical companies seeking to enter the China market, officials said, with growing momentum among the BRICS countries to expand trade in pharmaceuticals and reduce reliance on more expensive Western drugs.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said health ministers from the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — who held their first meeting here on Monday, would oppose moves by Western countries to tighten IPR measures, which developing countries say will pose barriers to access to affordable generic drugs. “Over a period of time, some multinationals and big companies have realised that… there are countries like India making affordable drugs, and these countries are supplying medicines across the globe,” Mr. Azad told reporters.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 13, 2011 at 6:32 am

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