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WTO Agreement Allowing Developing Countries To Import Generic Medicines Takes Effect

Reuters: WTO deal on importing generic medicines comes into force “A World Trade Organization agreement allowing poor countries to import generic medicines came into force on Monday, WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo told Reuters, after the deal reached the required two-thirds support of WTO members…” (Miles, 1/23).

UNITAID Adopts Resolution Promoting Use Of Intellectual Property Rights To Increase Access To Medicines

Intellectual Property Watch: UNITAID Board Adopts Resolution On IP Flexibilities Under Trade Rules Catherine Saez, senior writer at Intellectual Property Watch, discusses UNITAID’s adoption of “a resolution on the use of the intellectual property flexibilities enshrined in the global trading system allowing developing countries to facilitate access to affordable medicines.…

Global Development Community Must Continue ‘To Stand Up For The Priorities And Values We Believe In’

Devex: Opinion: Seeing past the shock of the Trump victory Raj Kumar, founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex “…[P]resident-elect Trump could offer some new, more comprehensive vision on global development beyond infrequent expressions of skepticism of foreign aid in campaign speeches. But more likely is that existing conservative policy prescriptions…

U.N. High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines’ Recommendations Jeopardize Incentives For Pharmaceutical Companies To Create New Drugs

Forbes: U.N. Health Panel Attacks IP Rights Not Viruses Lorenzo Montanari, executive director of the Property Rights Alliance, and Philip Thompson, fellow at the Property Rights Alliance “The U.N. High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP) … report attacks the ‘market-driven’ system and encourages countries to compulsory license any medicine…

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