Friday, 12 June 2009

How developing nations can cope with swine flu pandemic

Following the ranking of Swine flu as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, there is cause to worry, especially on how development countries will cope with the situation. Public service portal of UK here, has posted a panel discussion on how developing nations can get through such a pandemic.

With regard to patents, the panelists propose measures such as boosting generic competition to reduce the cost of drugs and using flexibilities such as compulsory licences, whereby governments authorize production of drugs without permission from the patent holder.

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