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1999-07-23

South Africa and AIDS Drugs

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A prescription medicine bill that would have allowed South Africa to produce inexpensive generic AIDS drugs (at 10% of the cost of AIDS drugs produced in the West) has been struck down by an appeals court. The United States and other Western countries say they oppose the bill because of a clause that could authorize the Government to ignore international drug patents. However, the court struck it down only on a technicality, ruling it had been promulgated prematurely.

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