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MSF urges Prime Minister Modi to resist US political pressure to restrict global access to medicines

Author: Médecins Sans Frontières, Published on: 12 October 2014

...Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging the Indian government to resist U.S. pressure to drop the use of public health safeguards in its intellectual property laws, which have enabled India to...suppl[y]...affordable generic medicines to people and governments worldwide, including to MSF’s medical humanitarian projectsIndia’s production of affordable medicines is a vital life-line for MSF’s medical humanitarian operations and millions of people in developing countries. India’s patent laws and policies have fostered robust generic competition over the past decade, which has brought the price of medicines down substantially – in the case of HIV, by more than 90 per cent”, said Rohit Malpani, Director of Policy and Analysis for MSF’s Access Campaign. “The world can’t afford to see India’s pharmacy shut down by U.S. commercial interests.”

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