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Kenyan Ministry of Health Introduces Drug Importation Bill
Kenya's Ministry of Health has introduced a bill that would legalize the importation of cheaper generic AIDS drugs, BBC News reports. Kenyan Public Health Minister Sam Ongeri said the government "would not helplessly watch as Kenyans continue to die from the disease while drugs protected by unrealistic patent laws remain unaffordable." Like South Africa's 1997 Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, the Kenyan law would adhere to the patent protection provisions of the World Trade Organization (BBC News, 4/22).
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