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In Discussion Of MERS-CoV At WHA, WHO DG Says Patents Will Not Hinder Public Health

“Dutch scientists who took out a patent on the novel coronavirus that’s killed 22 people since emerging in Saudi Arabia last year defended the move after the Saudi Health Ministry said the patent was hindering the fight against the outbreak,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The virus now known as Middle East…

Top South Africa Aims To Close Drug Patent Loophole That Allows For ‘Ever-Greening’

“South Africa plans to overhaul its intellectual property laws to improve access to cheaper medicines by making it harder for pharmaceutical firms to register and roll-over patents for drugs, a senior official said on Monday,” Reuters reports. The efforts to close “a loophole known as ‘ever-greening,’ whereby drug companies slightly…

HHS Global Health Official Discusses Tobacco-, Drug Patent-Related Trade Negotiations

Inside U.S. Trade features an interview with HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire, who discusses how “the department is playing a larger role than ever before in the development of U.S. trade policy, including on sensitive issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations like a draft proposal for…

U.S. Proposes Talks Aimed At Improving Food Security At Upcoming WTO Meeting

“The United States said on Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization’s [WTO] upcoming meeting in December,” Reuters reports. “‘The United States agrees with India and other proponents that enhancing…

Media Outlets Examine Reaction To India’s Supreme Court Ruling On Novartis Patent Case

“In a decisive victory for India’s pharmaceutical industry, India’s Supreme Court rejected Novartis’ patent application for the cancer drug Glivec on Monday, ending a seven-year battle by the Swiss drug maker to get a patent in India on its powerful leukemia drug,” Time reports (Mahr, 4/1). “The decision means generic…

British PM Cameron Lists Major Issues To Be Addressed At G8 Summit

Noting “Britain is hosting this year’s G8 summit, which gets underway next week (June 17-18) in Northern Ireland,” VOA News reports, “Prime Minister David Cameron has listed the major issues he wants leaders to tackle when they gather at the Lough Erne resort.” The news service notes G8 Research Center…

WTO’s TRIPS Council Grants Extension To World’s Poorest Nations

“The globe’s poorest nations have won an eight-year extension of a waiver on intellectual property rules, but still need to hold talks on the vexed issue of pharmaceutical patents, World Trade Organization [WTO] officials said Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “A session of the 159-nation WTO’s TRIPS Council — standing for…

TPP Trade Agreement Could Damage Global Health

Writing in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, Margaret Flowers, a board member of Healthcare-Now, co-director of It’s Our Economy and co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio Show, says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, currently being “secretly negotiated” among the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations “is a major power…

Health Groups Urge U.S. Trade Representative To Ensure TPP Upholds Tobacco Control Efforts

“Health advocates are urging President Obama’s new trade representative to make sure a pending trade deal with Pacific rim nations can’t be used to gut U.S. tobacco control efforts,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the…