Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Update: Médecins Sans Frontières to Novartis

Quarter of a Million People Urge Novartis To Drop Case Against India
Company Would Effectively be Shutting Down the "Pharmacy of the Developing World"

New Delhi/Geneva, 29 January 2007 – As pharmaceutical company Novartis proceeded with its legal challenge against the Indian government in a court hearing in Chennai, India, today, nearly a quarter of a million people from over 150 countries expressed their concern about the negative impact the company's actions could have on access to medicines in developing countries. The Indian Network for People with HIV/AIDS (INP+), the People's Health Movement, the Centre for Trade and Development (Centad), together with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), called on the company again today to immediately cease its legal action in India.

The court hearing will continue February 15.

Read MSF's entire press release at: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/pr/2007/01-29-2007_1.cfm

Listen to the teleconference and see the transcript here:

Listen to Loon Gangte, participant in this press conference and Regional Coordinator of South Asia Collaborative Fund for HIV Treatment Preparedness (formerly from Delhi Network of Positive People), talk with Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/aids/2006/toronto/audio2.htm

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