[Ip-health] US government urges WHO to support Medicines Patent Pool: Extract of US intervention on draft WHO HIV/AIDS strategy 2011–2015

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Jan 18 11:05:19 PST 2011


http://keionline.org/node/1059

US government urges WHO to support Medicines Patent Pool: Extract of  
US intervention on draft WHO HIV/AIDS strategy 2011–2015

By thiru
Created 18 Jan 2011 - 2:53pm

On Tuesday's discussion at the 128th Executive Board on the Draft WHO  
HIV/AIDS strategy 2011–2015, the United States made a strong  
intervention in support of the Medicines Patent Pool drawing attention  
to the fact that the draft HIV/AIDS strategy while making reference to  
a more competitive market for ARVs, failed to recognized the  
importance of the Medicines Patent Pool.

Here below are the remarks of the US on this point:

"Finally, but importantly, the Strategy makes several references to  
the need to foster an open competitive market for ARVs to contain ARV  
costs, but does not recognize the importance of voluntary licenses and  
the Medicines Patent Pool as key opportunities for ensuring that that  
happens. The Strategy does encourage the use of differential pricing  
for patent protected medicines to ensure affordable access, but recent  
studies have demonstrated that differential pricing does not always  
have the impact on the pricing of medicines that robust generic  
competition does. The Medicines Patent Pool aims to enhance  
competition to bring down the prices in developing countries, which  
the strategy advocates. The Pool can also encourage needed new  
innovation, especially to help treat children and create fixed-dose  
combinations necessary to scaling up and improving HIV treatment in  
resource poor settings. The initial license from the U.S. National  
Institutes of Health to the Medicines Patent Pool announced in  
September was an important first step, but to succeed it is critical  
to have more companies joining the Pool to scale up HIV treatment".


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Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
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