BRASILIA SAYS IT MAY HALT PAYMENTS ON MEDICINES

BRASILIA SAYS IT MAY HALT PAYMENTS ON MEDICINES

Brazil will not accept demands to make royalty payments for patented medicines for very long, said Brazil's foreign relations minister, Roberto de Abreu Sodre.

Speaking to a session of the 22nd meeting of the United Nations Economic

Commission for Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, the foreign minister said his country cannot go on paying eternally for products that are already integrated into the national economy.He was referring to protests by the American Pharmaceutical Association against Brazil's failure to recognize patents for pharmaceuticals.

He said Brasilia hoped to resolve the problem by negotiation through diplomatic channels.

Mr. Sodre criticized rising protectionism among industrialized nations in general as another obstacle against indebted developing countries like Brazil resolving their international debt problems.