Canada Introduces Bill to Sell Cheap Drugs to Developing Countries

Law360, New York (November 6, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien introduced legislation Thursday to pave the way for Canada to sell generic drugs to fight HIV/AIDS tuberculosis and malaria to developing countries.

The amendments to the Patent Act and the Food and Drug Act, if passed, would make Canada the first country to act on a World Trade Organization agreement in August for developed nations to allow generics to be sold cheaply to many countries in Africa and Asia.

Industry Minister Allan Rock said the bill will allow patent holders of...
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