Let's not forget that the pharmaceutical industry was
the main force behind the WTO's TRIPs agreement. This
industry is using intellectual property rights to keep
life-saving drugs out of the reach of the poor in both
north and south. They are THE reason why millions of
Africans are needlessly dying of AIDS and why a
growing number of American retirees cannot afford
badly needed medications.
In any case, most pharmaceutical R&D is done by the
public sector, not by industry.
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