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December 01, 2004

BBC NEWS | Health | Brazil to break Aids drug patents

BBC NEWS | Health | Brazil to break Aids drug patents: "The head of Brazil's Aids programme, Pedro Chequer, told the BBC it was the only way it could afford to keep up its anti-Aids strategy.

Mr Chequer said Brazil would make copies of up to five drugs next year.

Correspondents say Brazil has often threatened to produce drugs without the permission of the company holding the patent, but now looks set to do so.

Under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, a nation can break drug patents if there is a national emergency.

Brazil currently makes eight of the 15 drugs it offers in its anti-Aids cocktail, which is free to those with the disease."

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