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19/04/2001 Drug firms gave up a landmark court battle over cheap AIDS cure


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The 39 pharmaceutical firms contesting a South African law that could provide cheaper versions of branded Aids drugs unconditionally dropped the case. The case was seen as a landmark battle in the effort to secure medication for Africa's 26 million HIV carriers.
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