Federal government review must be followed by immediate action Ottawa needs to remove unnecessary bureaucratic barriers that are preventing generic drug companies from producing and exporting affordable medicines to developing countries, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. "Thousands of patients in developing countries aren't getting medical treatment because they can't afford brand-name medicines," said Rachel Kiddell-Monroe of Médecins Sans Frontières. "We need to get rid of the red tape standing between affordable medicines and the patients who need them." Earlier this afternoon, federal Industry and Health ministers Maxime Bernier and Tony Clement announced the government is starting its review of the Jean Chrétien Pledge to Africa (also known as "Canada's Access to Medicines Regime")