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MSF claims GSK's intervention reveals ACTA as a front to push for stronger IP rights

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The risks inherent in individual pharmaceutical companies raising their heads above the political parapet are illustrated by the response to GlaxoSmithKline's position paper on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) from the humanitarian body Médecins Sans Frontières. GSK called for broad adoption of ACTA, a move that MSF feels reveals that ACTA is really about imposing on developing nations intellectual property rules that go beyond those established by the TRIPS agreement of World Trade Organisation.

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