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Groups in E. Africa Warn Anti-Counterfeit Policy Will Compromise Patients' Access to Medicines

April 6, 2010

"East African countries risk not attaining the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on universal treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases if the region's parliament adopts the anti-counterfeits policy and bill currently under consideration," Business Daily reports. Several groups, including "[c]ivil society representatives, government officials and intellectual property experts warn ? the proposed policy and bill would block the production and importation of generic medicines" in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, according to the newspaper (Michael, 4/5).

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