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Critics Question Effectiveness Of Medicines Patent Pool In Improving Access To Drugs

SciDev.Net: Merck’s HIV patent agreement ignites monopoly criticism “Pharma giant Merck has become the latest drug company to share intellectual property rights with a U.N.-backed patent pool for HIV medicines, but critics have told SciDev.Net it is ‘a false solution to a real problem’…” (Kennedy, 3/16).

U.S. Trade Policies Threaten To Undermine Successful Global Health Programs

The Hill: U.S. trade policy could raise drug prices, at home and abroad Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines program “…[With the creation of PEPFAR, t]he United States put public health needs ahead of pharmaceutical industry profits and made a transformative…

Passage Of ‘Innovation Act’ By Congress Would Harm Drug Development

Roll Call: The Wrong Direction on Patents Todd E. Gillenwater, senior vice president of Public Policy at the California Healthcare Institute “…Poorly conceived and hastily written legislation can stunt innovation, harm the economy, and even cost lives. Unfortunately, this is the case with the recently reintroduced Innovation Act (H.R. 9).…

Pharmaceutical Industry To Push For Stricter Compulsory Licensing Of Patented Drugs At U.S. Trade Representative Meeting

Wall Street Journal: Pharma Narrowly Defines When Compulsory Licenses Should be Used “As the U.S. Trade Representative holds a hearing [Tuesday] to discuss how countries protect intellectual property, the pharmaceutical industry hopes to persuade the agency that countries should only be allowed to grant licenses to companies to make low-cost…

Food Security, Nutrition Should Be Treated As Human Right In SDGs

The Guardian: Why are there still so many hungry people in the world? Hilal Elver, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food “…The new [Sustainable Development Goals] should not be allowed to operate as easily ignored principles, but need to be given teeth. We can eradicate poverty, maintain food…

Humanosphere Podcast Features Intellectual Property, Patent Expert Jamie Love

Humanosphere: Patently unfair: On the need for more equitable drug pricing In this podcast, Humanosphere contributor Gabe Spitzer of KPLU Public Radio speaks with Jamie Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, about the organization’s work in intellectual property rights, patent law, and trade agreements (1/16).

Market-Shaping Techniques Can Help Reach Global Health Goals

Devex: The promise of collective action in shaping global health markets Joe Wilson, market access adviser in the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID “…In a recent report, ‘Healthy Markets for Global Health: A Market-Shaping Primer,’ USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact draws on experiences across health…