[Ip-health] Senator Bernie Sanders Asks USTR to Endorse Waiver of WTO Patent Rules for Least Developed Countries

Tahir Amin tahir at i-mak.org
Mon Sep 28 12:50:24 PDT 2015


Peter,

Your comment could be intrepreted as #onlywhitelivesmatter?

Tahir

On 28 September 2015 at 15:24, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org> wrote:

> So Peter Pitts, as an expert on medicines, is it your opinion that the
> people living in the poorest countries would not benefit from access to new
> drugs, under patent, if they were available as affordable generic drugs?
> And if so, how does that square with your consistent promotion of the
> medical benefits of those same new drugs?
>
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Peter Pitts <ppitts at cmpi.org> wrote:
>
> > Weak end at Bernie’s
> >
> > Ahead of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting later this
> > week, a naïve attempt by the Senator from Ben & Jerry’s to generate some
> > post-Papal ink …
> >
> > WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the chief
> > trade representative for the United States to ensure people in the
> poorest
> > countries around the world have access to low-cost medicines.
> >
> > “Making sure people in poor countries have access to life-saving medicine
> > is our moral responsibility,” Sen. Sanders wrote. “The European
> Commission
> > and the Holy See both support a permanent exception for drug patents for
> > these poor countries. The United States government should support this as
> > well. Lives are at stake.”
> >
> > Bernie, FYI -- When you examine the WHO’s model Essential Drug List, very
> > few of the 400 or so drugs deemed essential are new, or patented or were
> > ever patented in the world’s poorest countries.  In category after
> > category, from aspirin to Zithromax, in almost every case and in almost
> > every country, these medicines have always been (or have been for many
> > years) in the public domain.  That is, the medicine is fully open to
> legal
> > and legitimate generic manufacture.
> >
> > As John Adams said, “Facts are pesky things.”
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