The need to protect health and human life is built into the WTO agreement on intellectual
The organization cannot support pharmaceutical companies against governments because the
WTO is run only by governments, and decisions in favour of or against a member government
are reached only by consensus among those governments.
There is nothing in the WTO intellectual property agreement which prevents or discourages
the use of generic drugs. (Similarly, requiring a government to offer patent protection
for new inventions does not mean the government has to allow the invention to be used.)
Totally false, such a ban would not violate WTO agreements.
Parallel importing (and compulsory licensing) are clearly allowed under the WTO's
intellectual property agreement, particularly in national emergencies. South Africa has
cited these rules.
(Some see this kind of
argument as a benefit of the WTO smaller countries can use the WTO's rules to
defend themselves against pressure from the more powerful. They can also use the rules to