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U.N. High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Report Supports Compulsory Licensing For Life-Saving Drugs, More Government-Funded R&D

Financial Times: Poorer countries need rapid access to generic drugs, U.N. says “Poorer countries struggling to afford expensive life-altering drugs should be allowed to override pharmaceutical patents so they can access a cheaper supply of generic drugs, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. … According to a much-awaited…

U.N., Countries Must Address All Barriers To Improve Access To Medicines

Devex: U.N. needs to look beyond patents for improving access to medicines David J. Olson, technical adviser for the Palladium Group “…[L]eaks from [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines’] highly secretive proceedings suggest that the secretary general told the panel to focus on intellectual property and…

TPP Would Result In Increased Drug Prices In Developing Countries

The Hill: TPP would make medicine a luxury for developing nations Nicholas Archer, contributor to Economics21 and student at Hillsdale College “…The [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] agreement offers many benefits, but contains several troubling provisions, including one that would force member countries to implement strong monopoly protections for newly introduced biologics.…

PLOS Blog Post Explores Potential Impacts Of ‘Brexit’ On U.K., Global Health Policy

PLOS “Translational Global Health”: Brexit: what might it mean for global health? Rhea Saksena, a British global health graduate and medical student, discusses how the U.K.’s exit from the European Union could impact health domestically as well as globally, and she explores other public health, environmental, and trade issues. Saksena…

India Should Reject Western Influences Urging Modifications To Its Drug Patent Laws

The Hill: Doctors Without Borders to India: Protect the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ Judit Rius Sanjuan, U.S. manager and legal policy adviser for the Access Campaign at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) “…In recent years, MSF has grown increasingly alarmed with the escalating efforts of U.S. industry groups, … which…

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