[Ip-health] Journal of the International AIDS Society: Driving a decade of change: HIV/AIDS, patents and access to medicines for all

Kaitlin Mara kmara at medicinespatentpool.org
Tue Mar 29 03:03:06 PDT 2011


Driving a decade of change: HIV/AIDS, patents and access to medicines for all

"Since 2000, access to antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection has dramatically increased to reach more than five million people in developing countries. Essential to this achievement was the dramatic reduction in antiretroviral prices, a result of global political mobilization that cleared the way for competitive production of generic versions of widely patented medicines," say authors Ellen 't Hoen of the Medicines Patent Pool, Jonathan Berfer of Section27, Alexandra Calmy of Geneva University Hospital and Médecines Sans Frontières, and Suerie Moon of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Medicines Patent Pool.

But changing intellectual property norms, increasing numbers of people who need medicines, and inadequate levels of funding to purchase those medicines have put at risk the gains achieved over the last decade.

A new review in the Journal of the International AIDS Society explores some of this new thinking, particularly the UNITAID-supported Medicines Patent Pool. It is now available online here: http://www.jiasociety.org/content/14/1/15




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