Global IP Battle: Drug Pricing, Reimbursement Policies Take Center Stage
USTR's 2018 Special 301 Report moves two countries to Priority Watch List in part because of their pricing policies; AAM says focus should be on government reimbursement rather than extending IP protection.
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