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Medical News & Perspectives
June 13, 2001

Worldwide Interest in Global Access to Drugs

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JAMA. 2001;285(22):2844-2846. doi:10.1001/jama.285.22.2844-JMN0613-3-1

Geneva—During the last year, interest in the issues surrounding globalization and access of the world's people to pharmaceuticals seems to have grown exponentially. The Seattle demonstrations in December 1999 were only the beginning. All meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other groups discussing globalization—especially the G8 (the seven most important industrialized countries plus Russia)—have also been subject to widespread demonstrations.

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