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Drugs company questions patent pool concept

Emma Barraclough, Brussels

A lawyer for one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies has said that pooling patents over drugs will not solve the major problems of access to medicines

Speaking at the Competition 2009 conference in Brussels on Friday, Stéphane Drouin, head of European patents at Pfizer, said that IP is not a major issue when it comes to accessing drugs in least developed countries.

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