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Novartis Challenges Indian safeguards

A patent for the cancer drug Gleevec was rejected based on the grounds that it was merely a new form of an old drug, which according to the Indian law, cannot be patented. But Novartis is now challenging the patent rejection, and the Indian law that protects thousands of cancer sufferers and their families.

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MSF & Lawyers Collective, India
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Death squads spare no one in the Philippines

Since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001, Philippine human rights organizations counted already more than 700 extra-judicial killings. Death squads are targeting progressive activists and leaders of people's organizations but even health workers are not spared. This is the testimony of a staff of one community based health program:

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A Philippine health worker
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Philippine Health Sector Condemns Attempt on Life of Doctor, Holds Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Accountable

The health sector under the banner of Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) condemns in the strongest terms possible the ambush of Dr. Constancio Claver last July 31, 2006 in Kalinga province by unidentified armed men. The attack killed Dr. Claver's wife, Alice, and seriously injured Dr. Claver himself.

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Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD)
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This year's Olle Hansson Award to Dr. K Bala

The Olle Hansson Award recognizes the work of individuals from developing countries who have contributed most to promoting the concepts of essential drugs and their rational use and increasing the awareness among consumers of the dangers of irrational and hazardous drugs.

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PHA Exchange

Pfizer Fights IP Flexibilities In The Philippines

The world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, is suing the Philippine government for having imported and registered - but not marketed - a product that is still under patent. At the same time, industry is said to be lobbying against a bill under consideration in the Philippines that would introduce more flexibilities into the country’s intellectual property law, according to sources.

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Tove Iren S. Gerhardsen
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A Fury Building Up Across India

In this interview, Arundhati Roy updates her essay on the Narmada issue, The Greater Common Good, published in 1999 in a Indian magazine called 'Frontline'. It was conducted by Shoma Chaudhuri over a period of several days in person and on email.

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Arundhati Roy interviewed by Shoma Chaudhuri
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Public Health at Risk: A US Free Trade Agreement could threaten access to medicines in Thailand

New stringent drug patent and marketing rules being negotiated in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the US and Thailand would limit competition and reduce access to affordable medicines in Thailand.

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Oxfam America
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Nepal's king reinstates dissolved parliament

King Gyanendra announced on Monday he would reinstate Nepal's dissolved parliament, and political parties called it a victory for a popular protest movement that has paralysed the country.

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By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma
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INDIA: A Nation of Guinea Pigs

There's a new outsourcing boom in South Asia - and a billion people are jockeying for the jobs. How India became the global hot spot for drug trials.

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Jennifer Kahn
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In India - excise free zones vend costlier essential drugs

If you live in India, the next time you buy a strip of tablets, it might be well worth your while to check where the product has been manufactured. They are cheaper in the states where there is more state control over the pharma industry.

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Nithya Subramaniam
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Dr. Mathura Shrestha's arrest extended with 3 months

On April 18, the Nepali authorities have extended the detention of Nepali health activist Mathura P. Shrestha and five other political and political, human rights and civil society leaders by another three months. Dr. Shrestha is a prominent member of the People's Health Movement.

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Wim De Ceukelaire
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PHM India statement in support of the Narmada struggle

The following statement supporting the NBA demands has been sent to the Prime Minister and other officials on behalf of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA - PHM India).

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PHM India (JSA)
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Nepali General Strike in the 5th Day

The strike action called by the Maoists and the Political parties in Nepal entered the 5th day. The police and military brutality is obvious. Protestors, journalists, student leaders and activists are bearing the brunt of the brutality and suppression.

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Abraham Thomas
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Mathura's perspectives from the prison cell

Mathura Shrestha: “The longer the struggle lasts the better it is for us. The monarchy always had a history of deception and conspiracy and being totally insensitive to human rights".

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Interview conducted and written-up by Lucia de Vries
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The 'Empire's vaccine to an 'insurgent' virus

Sections of the research and public health community have been shocked and outraged after having heard about the questionable hepatitis E vaccine trial conducted in Nepal by GlaxoSmithKline and the US Army. The trial involved several lapses in ethics, forcing the researchers to move it out of a civilian population; the trial was subsequently conducted on Nepalese army soldiers, posing dangerous consequences and raising old questions

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Abraham Thomas, Bangalore
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