A Trade Barrier to Defeating AIDS

By Tina Rosenberg

In Friday’s Fixes column, I wrote about the Medicines Patent Pool, a new organization trying to make AIDS drugs better, cheaper and available sooner to people who need them in poor countries.   It relies on voluntary donations of rights by patent holders, most of them pharmaceutical companies.   Its success is crucial;  new research shows that if we can dramatically increase the number of people on antiretroviral medicines, we can not only save millions of lives, but potentially cause the epidemic to die away.
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