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Brazil Renews Threat To Break Patents On HIV/AIDS Drugs

Law360 (January 30, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Brazilian officials are pressing on with their threat to break patents on HIV/AIDS drugs held by multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva is reported to have told executives of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis that his country would continue to challenge patent restrictions on AIDS drugs and other expensive medicines.

Brazilian health official have also renewed claims that the government will foment local generic production of latest-generation patented HIV/AIDS treatments.

Last December, the government announced that it would break patents held by international...
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