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Weakened role for Brazilian medicines agency in granting patents is not enough, says industry

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Brazil's R&D-based industry association, Interfarma, has welcomed a controversial legal decision to restrict the powers of medicines regulator ANVISA in the granting of patents. Nevertheless, it says the move did not go far enough. Meanwhile, civil society groups claim the decision is a setback for public health and are taking their case to the United Nations.



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