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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…

UNAIDS, UNDP Release Issue Brief On TRIPS Transition Period Extensions For LDCs

“The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new issue brief” (.pdf), titled “TRIPS transition period extensions for least-developed countries [LDCs],” a UNAIDS press release reports. “The issue brief outlines that failure to extend the transition period for least-developed countries to become fully…

Trade Negotiations Raise Concerns Among NGOs About Implications For Thailand’s Public Health Policies

“The negotiations launched this week for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Thailand and the European Union have raised concerns among both Thai and European non-governmental organizations [NGOs], who fear that E.U. demands could have a negative impact on Thailand’s progressive public health policies,” Inter Press Service reports. “Launched during Thai Prime…

WHO, WIPO, WTO Release Book On Intellectual Property And Access To Medical Technologies

“For the first time, the three global intergovernmental bodies dealing with health, intellectual property and trade have pooled their expertise on a study of policies needed to advance medical and health technologies and to ensure they reach the people who need them,” a WHO press release states. The book — released by the WHO,…

GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS Business Joins Medicines Patent Pool

“GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children’s medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries,” Reuters reports. “ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in…

President Obama Delivers SOTU Address, Mentioning Trade Agreements, AIDS-Free Generation

“President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday that included raising the minimum wage, increasing spending on infrastructure, attacking climate change and passing gun-control legislation,” the Wall Street Journal reports (2/13). “Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to urge the United States to…

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)]…