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Why South Africa's health minister is so worried about India caving in to big pharma

Author: Vidya Krishnan and Mandakini Gahlot , www.scroll.in, Published on: 9 August 2015

The South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi...said that he was extremely "scared and worried" about the possibility of pro-industry changes in India’s intellectual property rights regime...Speaking about Indian generic companies, which made it possible for Africans to access affordable HIV/AIDS drugs in the past decade, Motsoaledi said, “They were our heroes, and if they change their laws now, we will be in big trouble in sub-Saharan Africa, really big trouble.”

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