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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…

WHO Fair Pricing Meeting Report Summarizes Discussions On Medicine Affordability

Intellectual Property Watch: Report From WHO Fair Pricing Meeting Shows Balanced Discussion “A wide range of governments and stakeholders attended a closed meeting in the Netherlands in May to address the ongoing problem of pricing medicines to pay for research and the resulting lack of affordability of those medicines. The…

Hepatitis C ‘Buyers’ Club’ Highlights Issues Surrounding Access To Drugs

New York Times: The Tasmanian Hep C Buyers’ Club Sophie Cousins, health journalist “…[After traveling to India to obtain the less-expensive generic version of the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir, Australian Greg Jefferys] helped other former hepatitis C sufferers set up informal buyers’ clubs in their own countries. … Narcyz Ghinea,…

Sanofi Remains Committed To Ensuring Vaccines Available To All People

New York Times: Letter to the editor: The Drug Maker Sanofi’s New Dengue Vaccine Kathleen Tregoning, executive vice president for external affairs at Sanofi “…Sanofi spent close to $1.5 billion and 20 years developing a new dengue vaccine for the world’s most at-risk populations. We develop lifesaving vaccines for many…

Former WHO Official Marie-Paule Kieny To Chair Medicines Patent Pool

Intellectual Property Watch: Medicines Patent Pool Nets WHO’s Kieny As New Chair “Marie-Paule Kieny, fresh out of the World Health Organization, where she held the position of assistant director general for Health Systems and Innovation, will be the new chair of the Medicines Patent Pool, as of 1 September. ……

China’s Efforts To Develop Anti-Ebola Drugs Illustrate Opportunities, Challenges In R&D, Ensuring Global Health Security

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: A Tale of Two Anti-Ebola Drugs Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses China’s experience developing experimental anti-Ebola drugs, writing, “[T]he story of China’s efforts to develop anti-Ebola drugs is illustrative of the opportunities and challenges we…

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