Canada: Commons Passes Bill to Send Generic Drugs to Developing Countries
March 11, 2011
Toward the goal of helping get inexpensive generic medicines to patients in the developing world, the House of Commons voted 172-111 in favor of amending Canada's Access to Medicines Regime. Although the law has been on the books since 2004, its provisions were deemed so complicated that only one company has used it to ship HIV/AIDS drugs overseas. A key change in the revised law permits generic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute as much of a given drug as needed without the need to apply for a new license each time another country expresses interest. Also as amended, the CAMR will expire in 10 years. The bill, C 393, now advances to the Senate.
03.10.2011; Amy Minsky, Postmedia News
Canadian House of Commons Passes Bill That Could Ease Access to Generic Drugs in Developing Countries
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