Tuesday, June 13, 2006

EU allows export of medicines for public health emergencies

Influenza virus
The EU has published a Regulation that allows medicine necessary for a public health emergency (such as HIV and tuberculosis epidemics) to be manufactured and exported from the EU under a compulsory patent licence (via Open Rights Group). This implements the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and public health.

Now, we just need the EU to withdraw their idiotic promise to the WTO that member states will never use this facility in the case of a public health emergency within the EU. Tamiflu, anyone?

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