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Friday, July 16, 2004

KGBT 4 - TV Harlingen, TX: NAFTA officials back generic AIDS drugs for poor nations

KGBT 4 - TV Harlingen, TX: NAFTA officials back generic AIDS drugs for poor nations
San Antonio-AP -- U-S and Canadian trade officials today agreed not to use NAFTA to block Canadian drug exports to fight HIV-AIDS or other disease in the developing world.

In May, Canada passed a law allowing the export of generic versions of a number of patented medicines to poor nations.

More than 50 drugs to fight HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases are on the export list.

U-S trade representative Robert Zoellick and his NAFTA counterparts _ James Peterson from Canada and Mexico's Fernando Canales -- were in San Antonio this week.

They took part in the tenth annual meeting of the Free Trade Commission of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Zoellick and Peterson urged Mexico to also sign onto the generic medicine agreement, which lines up with recent decisions by the World Trade Organization.

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