[Ip-health] DNDi response to the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies

Rachel M. Cohen rachel.cohen72 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 06:39:14 PDT 2016


DNDi response to the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s
High-Level Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies

[14 September, 2016]

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) today welcomes the
release of the report of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level
Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies.

The Panel has clearly confirmed the policy misalignment between intellectual
property and trade rules, international human rights obligations, and public
health objectives. It has underlined many immediate access challenges and
steps that must be taken to overcome them, and highlighted that existing
funding and incentive mechanisms are not adequate to stimulate innovation to
address global public health needs. The report recommends several ways for
governments to act. They should:

*	initiate intergovernmental negotiations for a global R&D Convention
that delinks the cost of innovation from prices;
*	negotiate a Code of Principles to be adopted by all R&D players,
ensuring innovation delivers affordable and accessible products;
*	require transparency from all R&D players, especially on R&D costs;
*	ensure a ‘public return’ on taxpayer-funded contributions to R&D.

 Response from DNDi Executive Director Dr Bernard Pécoul:

“Governments mustn’t allow the report to become yet another exercise that
describes the current failures of the medical innovation system without
contributing concrete steps to address those failures. Responsibility now
clearly falls on them at the highest political levels to act by putting in
place innovative and practical solutions.”

“We welcome the call for the UN Secretary-General to set up a process where
governments will negotiate an R&D Convention, based on the principle of
delinkage, so that medical innovation can be steered towards public health
priorities and deliver affordably priced products. Sustainable solutions are

“The first steps can be taken at next week’s UN High-Level Meeting on
Antimicrobial Resistance, where we expect governments to call for
alternative models of R&D that delink R&D costs from prices and sales. New
incentives and financing mechanisms are needed for AMR, and new money must
ensure sustainable access to new tools, such as through a framework for R&D
and Stewardship.”


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