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Wednesday, 10 November 2004

Access to medicines

EU drafts new rules on patents: On 29 October, the European Commission (EC) issued a new draft resolution on patents and access to medicines. It will give European governments the legal right to suspend drug patents, which will allow European manufacturers to export cheaper generic versions to developing countries. This change in law follows a decision at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in August last year to lift restrictions on the export of generics.