Canada sets out bill on export of generic drugs
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Canada on Thursday introduced a bill to allow the export of cheap generic drugs to poor countries stricken by epidemics such as Aids, malaria and tuberculosis. It is the first country to introduce such legislation since a World Health Organisation agreement in August paved the way for the exports.
"This is one of the most important steps Canada can take to advance global health and human rights and we hope to see other G8 [industrialised] countries following suit," said Bill Graham, foreign affairs minister. The proposals were "broad, flexible and faithful to what WTO members have spent so long negotiating", said Pierre Pettigrew, international trade minister.