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WHO To Probe Global Drug Patent System

Law360 (May 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Amid growing criticism that poor nations are being denied access to crucial medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tests, the World Health Organization said it plans to review whether the international drug patent system curbs the ability of developing countries to obtain patented medical treatments.

At its annual meeting in Geneva last week, the 192 WHO members agreed to launch an intergovernmental working group to examine the balance between investment in the research and development of new medicines and the health needs of poor countries suffering from wide-scale...
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