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n a sign that a fight may be brewing in yet another country over the cost of medicines, the lower house of the Chilean congress on Wednesday passed a resolution instructing the government to make it possible to issue compulsory licenses for prescription drugs.

The move comes in response to concerns over rising prices and the ability of the government to cover costs, according to the resolution, which cites hepatitis C treatments as an example. The document also points to lower prices found for other types of medicines in countries where governments have pursued compulsory licensing.

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