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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.

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Adapted from:
Montreal Gazette
03.10.2011; Amy Minsky, Postmedia News

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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