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U.S. Official Signals Efforts To Counter Recommendations Put Forth By U.N. High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines

Intellectual Property Watch: U.S. Working To Block U.N. High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Ideas In Geneva And Capitals “The United States, possibly working with like-minded countries, is working to prevent the further spread among international organizations in Geneva of recommendations put forward by the 2016 United Nations High-Level Panel…

U.N. Health, Trade, Intellectual Property Agencies To Discuss Innovative Technologies, Health-Related SDGs At Symposium

Intellectual Property Watch: WTO, WHO, WIPO Symposium To Look At Innovative Technologies And U.N. SDGs “Three major international organizations in Geneva dealing with health, trade, and intellectual property rights will come together next month to look at how innovative technologies can help to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals related…

Governments, Health Organizations Should Strengthen Tobacco Control Policies

Project Syndicate: Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, and Tabaré Ramón Vázquez, president of Uruguay “…Around the world, tobacco use kills more than seven million people annually. Enough is enough; at this critical moment, we must not let the momentum slip. Governments and health organizations…

NYT Examines Relationship Between Free Trade, Increased Obesity Rates In Mexico

New York Times: A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity “…[Some Mexicans] have become both consumers and participants in an extraordinary transformation of the country’s food system, one that has saddled them and millions of other Mexicans with diet-related illnesses. It is a seismic shift that some nutritionists say has…

WHO Must Work With Wide Range Of Partners To Establish, Enforce Laws Against Fake Medicines

STAT: Are we making progress in the fight against fake medicines? Tim K. Mackey, associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; fellow at the WHO Collaborating Center for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector; director of health care research and policy at the…

Tobacco Taxation ‘Arguably The Single Most Effective Tool’ To Discourage Smoking

The Conversation: A tax increase that’s proven to save lives Jeffrey Drope, professor in residence of global health at Marquette University, and Otis W. Brawley, professor at the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University “…Arguably, the single most effective tool [to address smoking-related illnesses], both in terms…

Government Of India Should Not Blame Companies For Country’s Drug Access Challenges

Forbes: WHO Conference Enables India’s Deadly Blame Game Roger Bate, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute “…Sick patients, in India and everywhere else, aren’t getting treated because of greed. This is nonsense. Over 95 percent of drugs considered essential by the WHO are off patent. The reason patients don’t receive…

MSF To Urge India To Overturn Pfizer Patent On Pneumonia Vaccine

Médecins Sans Frontières: India: Unmerited Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine limits access for children “Pfizer does not deserve the patent it was granted in August on its pneumonia vaccine, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is set to argue [on Tuesday] in the High Court of Delhi, India that it…

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