[Ip-health] News: Wall Street Journal- How to Worsen Africa's Health Crisis: Killing off drug patents will kill off innovation and patients
Terri - Louise Beswick
Terri at haiweb.org
Mon Aug 30 04:17:53 PDT 2010
* OPINION EUROPE
* AUGUST 29, 2010, 2:47 P.M. ET
How to Worsen Africa's Health Crisis
Killing off drug patents will kill off innovation and patients.
BY ALEC VAN GELDER
Faced with Africa's devastation by HIV/AIDS, people are looking for
scapegoats. Global pressure groups and now the World Health Organization
are targeting "Big Pharma." The drug companies do make easy targets but
that doesn't make them villains. The life-saving treatments they create
remain Africa's best hope. The misguided battle against pharmaceutical
companies' patent rights will only make Africa's health crisis worse.
Intellectual property rights for AIDS drugs are "the biggest public
health challenge" as they make them too costly for most Africans, Hans
Hogerzeil, head of the WHO's Essential Medicines program, recently said.
They are "a barrier to access," he ...
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