"Patent pool" plan to boost medicines access
This article was originally published in Scrip
Plans to set up a "patent pool" to help generics firms produce combination therapies for use in developing countries have been welcomed by health activist groups. They say the move could increase poorer populations' access to cheaper and more appropriate medicines.
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