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South Asian Health Ministers Meet to Discuss Impact of Product Patent Regime

Law360 (November 13, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Health ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are meeting in New Dehli on Friday and Saturday to discuss the practical effects of the introduction of the product patent regime in the pharmaceutical sector in 2005, the Hindu reported.

Among the expected topics is the possibility of a hike in drug prices as a result of the product patent regime and its impact on the Indian pharmaceutical industry, which has more expertise in producing generic drugs than on development of new drug molecules....
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