March 23, 2005

Indian Parliament Passes Horrible Patent Law

Parliament in India has tightened up their country's patent law, which previously allowed cheap generic versions of AIDS drugs to be produced so that the poor could afford to be treated.

"Under the new legislation we will see new medicines only available for the rich, while old treatments will be for the poor," said Ellen't Hoen, the director of policy advocacy and research at the relief agency Medecins sans Frontieres.

Significantly, India's membership in the WTO required this modification of their laws.

Posted by steev at March 23, 2005 01:51 PM