December 06, 2004

Andean Free Trade Agreement Stalls Over Intellectual Property

Arizona Indymedia reports that the current round of talks, held in Tucson, on the Andean Free Trade Agreement have met with difficulties, with Peru, Columbia, and Ecuador unwilling to sign provisions for tighter intellectual property regulations. The U.S. is pushing a regime that would put medicines out of financial reach for many Andeans becauase longer-lasting patents would eliminate cheaper, generic drugs.

Posted by steev at December 6, 2004 07:58 AM