Canadian House of Commons Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow Manufacture of Generic AIDS, Other Drugs for Africa
May 5, 2004
Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill (C-9) that would amend the country's patent laws to permit the government to order the override of patents to allow certain pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce and export generic drugs -- including antiretroviral drugs -- for use in developing countries, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 5/4). Under the measure -- which originally was introduced in the House of Commons in November 2003 -- about 50 countries would be eligible to receive generic drugs at a fraction of the prices charged in Canada. The bill also calls for special markings on and packaging for the generic drugs sold as part of the program to prevent them from being sold on the black market or reimported to Canada. In addition, the bill would require the creation of lists detailing which drugs could be imported by which countries (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/21). Canada's Senate, which is its upper house of Parliament, is expected to approve the measure later this week, according to AFP/Miami Herald (AFP/Miami Herald, 5/5).
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