DEVELOPING countries have banded together at the World Trade Organisation to call for its Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPs) to be interpreted as allowing their governments to take any steps "to protect public health," including the authorisation of generic production of medicines under patent. The so-called African Group +18 has released a paper containing this suggestion at a recent meeting of the TRIPs council, in Geneva, Switzerland. It suggested that developing countries should be able to use parallel imports ...

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