BGMA Urges UK To Hold Firm On Trade Deals
Insists Patent And Exclusivity Provisions Must Not Block Access
Responding to UK government statements on the country’s future approach to trade deals with non-EU nations, the BGMA has insisted that there must be no changes to patent and exclusivity provisions that would block market entry for generic and biosimilar medicines.
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