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What’s clear is that Asia’s infant plague does not have to grow into a disaster. AI AIDS/Dev. S. S. Government Have Blocked the Availability of AIDS Drugs in Developing Countries Robert Weissman Robert Weissman is editor of Multinational Monitor magazine and codirector of Essential Action, a corporate accountability group. He also is coauthor of Corporate Predators: The Hunt for Megaprofits and the Attack on Democracy. S. pharmaceutical companies have actively opposed efforts by developing countries to make life-saving AIDS drugs more affordable and available in their countries.

S. government controls rights to many important HIV/AIDS treatment pharmaceuticals. Finally, it should be reiterated that although access to essential medicines is of critical importance, much more must also be done to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to improve treatment of those infected. An essential step in combating the transmission of this disease is to cancel the foreign debts of the poorest countries, since debt servicing siphons off funds from investment in public health. World Bank and IMF structural adjustment programs that impose policies—such as requiring copayments from indigent patients—also make it more difficult for those with HIV/AIDS to gain access to medical care.

Compulsory licensing and parallel importing policies could help developing country governments make essential medicines more affordable to their citizens. S. has actively opposed developing country efforts to implement compulsory licensing, parallel imports, or other measures to make life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable and available in their countries. S. also takes the position that it has the right and authority to demand that countries do even more to protect intellectual property rights than is required by the TRIPS agreement.

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