India is known as the pharmacy of the world but 65% of Indians have no access to essential medicines. Watch this video to see how the State of Rajasthan in India is tackling the problem by promoting generic medicines and providing these free of charge in the public sector.
This week negotiations continue on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement. Worldwide there are serious concerns that the deal will include stricter intellectual property rules than necessary and result in a deadly escalation in medicine prices for developing countries. Such a deal would also threaten innovative and progressive schemes like this one in India itself.
- Open letter to the prime minister expressing concern over the EU-Trade negotiations (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- The EU-India Free Trade Agreement: is it the end of the world as we know it? (kractivist.wordpress.com)