PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES NEW COOPERATIVE EFFORT TO HELP
Poor countries face special challenges providing adequate public health care and gaining access to affordable medicines, including those needed to treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
The challenge of improving access to treatments without stifling innovation is one that eludes simple answers. A modern patent system helps promote the rapid innovation, development, and commercialization of effective and safe drug therapies for diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Sound public health policy and intellectual property protection are, and must continue to be, mutually supportive. The WTO Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) allows the flexibility for all WTO Members to respond to public health crises.
As a related policy objective, we continue to assist developing countries create the public health infrastructure that will allow treatments to be utilized effectively. Treating diseases effectively requires that developing countries not only make adequate investment in prevention efforts, clinics and medical equipment, but continuous monitoring of treatments to ensure that no contamination occurs and that medicines are administered at the time and with the appropriate dosage. Without such infrastructure, there is significant risk that pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics and HIV drugs, may not be administered to patients correctly.
President and First Lady | Vice President and Mrs. Gore
Record of Progress | The Briefing Room
Gateway to Government | Contacting the White House | White House for Kids
White House History | White House Tours | Help
T H E W H I T E H O U S E