India: Health activists fear decreased access to medicines for the poor - as govt reviews intellectual property laws
Health activists, academics, diplomats, scientists, lawyers, public health organizations have raised concerns about government's decision to review India’s position on Intellectual Property laws, strongly cautioning against coercion from the United States to align India’s IP laws with the interests of transnational corporations. During Indian Prime Minister's visit to US, govt officials committed to set up a high level bilateral working group on intellectual property. The most dangerous aspect of the proposed committee that India has agreed to is the empowerment for decision-making. In the recent past, the country has seen how a conducive IP policy, that doesn’t violate international conventions, has greatly helped millions of people who are in need for urgent modern medical care. The compulsory licensing of a couple of drugs have brought down their prices manifold and increased access to medicines for the poor people.