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South Africa, Drug Companies Spar Over Intellectual Property Laws

Reuters: South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row “South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a ‘satanic’ plot to commit ‘genocide.’ … South Africa is in…

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Examines Proposal Against South Africa’s Draft IP Policy

The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog “Science Speaks” reports on a proposal prepared by U.S.-based PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) and the South Africa-based IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) in response to the South African government’s Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The “proposal says…

Oxfam Official Speaks With Jamie Love About The WTO And Public Health

Oxfam’s “From Poverty To Power”: Jamie Love’s Next Big Idea: Making the WTO into a force for good in Public Health Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, recounts Jamie Love’s involvement in intellectual property (IP) activism and his ideas for a World Trade Organization Agreement on the Supply of…

WIPO Research Project Creates Partnerships But No New Drug Candidates Yet

SciDev.Net: WIPO’s patent pool yet to deliver new drug candidates “A U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) project to stimulate research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by facilitating patent sharing between their owners and researchers has brokered at least 60 partnerships since its 2011 launch, yet its effectiveness remains unclear…”…

TPP Would Limit Countries’ Abilities To Make, Purchase Low-Cost Generic Medicines

Huffington Post: TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People’s Health Manica Balasegaram, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…The ability to manufacture and/or purchase low-cost generic medicines requires maintaining a balance in a country’s patent system between monopoly protection and public health. Yet, the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)]…

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…

U.S., India End WTO Stalemate Over India’s Food Security Program

Financial Times: U.S. and India end WTO stand-off “India and the U.S. have ended their stand-off at the World Trade Organization over New Delhi’s vast food security program, breaking an impasse that had been described as the biggest crisis to hit the global trade body in two decades…” (Kazmin/Donnan, 11/13).

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).