Public Health Groups Fight USTR Special 301 Program

Law360, New York (July 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT) -- A coalition of public interest advocates urged the United Nations on Tuesday to push the U.S. to stop using its Special 301 program to coerce developing countries into passing intellectual property laws that limit their citizens' access to medicines, including treatments for AIDS.

Several professors and 15 public health groups lodged an allegation letter with the U.N.'s special rapporteur for the right to health in an effort to stop the U.S. government from using the threat of sanctions to convince other countries to adopt patent and...
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