AIDS advocates: Obama needs to use leverage

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Tom Hamburger reports that several global health advocacy organizations, including Doctors without Borders and OxFam International, have criticized the Obama administration for not helping to remove Bush-era impediments (primarily regarding pharmaceutical patent enforcement) to cheaper drugs overseas. Advocates claim officials are unwilling to confront major pharmaceutical companies at a time when their cooperation is needed in negotiations surrounding health care reform. For their part, administration officials point out that language in their reports has softened somewhat from that of the previous administration.

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