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Reblogged from The Wire: India Must Resist US Pressure on Generic Drugs, African Leaders to Tell Modi

This explainer from journalist MK Venu writing for the Indian magazine The Wire talks us through the pressures on the Indian government from US pharma and African governments, representing both sides of the generic medicine debate:

In his ‘Mann ki baat‘ radio show on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly spoke about how India will host 54 heads of state from Africa for the first time to reinforce “our nation’s historical and cultural links’ with African countries.

However, invoking this very spirit, the visiting African leaders will place before the Prime Minister an issue of life and death for their peoples in which India can play a critical role – the export of cheap and affordable generic medicines for the cure of AIDS and other deadly diseases. The African heads of state will urge Modi to resist growing pressure from the United States government and Western drug multinationals on India to stop exporting cheap generics to Africa.

Continue reading at The Wire.

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