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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).

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).…

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).

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…

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).

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…

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…