Stronger patent laws can save lives in the developing world

Why don’t Canadians, Americans or Europeans fear rabies, leprosy or malaria?These diseases exist and a few cases are reported every year. But some people are so confident they’ll never get rabies, for example, that they feed raccoons in Vancouver’s Stanley Park by hand. Generations ago, malaria and leprosy were prevalent in Southern Europe.These diseases still afflict many in less-developed countries. Almost one year ago, the secretary-general of the United Nations convened a High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.7 billion people in 185 countries needed treatment for neglected tropical diseases in 2014.The panel

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