Jul 24, 2012
hello, in worst case, if the eu-fta act is passed, would the indian generic companies stop producing ART for the poor nations? what would be the price and availability scenarios both in india and other poor countries? science and conscience will leave people dying? regards.
Response from Mr. Chambers
There is concern that the pending Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and India may impact the production of low cost HIV medications due to a proposed provision that could extend the patent life of the medications. The negotiations are continuing, but, at present the provision is still included in the proposed agreement. People involved in the negotiations are claiming they will have the agreement in place by the end of 2012.
There does appear to be a growing outcry from AIDS activists against this possibility. To learn more and join the growing chorus, there are several blogs and websites with articles about this. Rather than link them all, I suggest you do a browser search for "eu-fta India HIV".
Thanks for bringing this subject to my attention.
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