The former US president Bill Clinton has unveiled an ambitious programme to provide generic versions of Aids drugs for patients in developing countries at greatly reduced prices.

The former US president Bill Clinton has unveiled an ambitious programme to provide generic versions of Aids drugs for patients in developing countries at greatly reduced prices.

The initiative is a challenge to many US-based manufacturers who have balked at relaxing patent protections and cutting prices for poorer countries.

Mr Clinton has also endorsed decisions by Brazil and Thailand to override patents on the drugs and to pursue the manufacture of generic versions after negotiations with the manufacturers failed. “I strongly support the position of the governments of Thailand and Brazil and their decision after futile negotiations to break these patents,” he said.

In a direct attack on American drugs companies, he said: “No company will live or die because of high price premiums for Aids drugs in middle-income countries, but patients may.” Read More….

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