[Ip-health] PhRMA's reaction to Columbia's decision to cut prices

Francisco francisco_rossi at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 16 05:33:10 PDT 2016

Dear all;

On the anouncements of MOH on IMATINIB, the applicants relesed a press release. I am copying an english version. Apologies on traslation mistakes...

Bogotá. COLOMBIA. September the 15th 2016.

  1.  We celebrate that Ministry of health and social protection has confirmed Resolution 2475 /2016 which declared access to imatinib, a medicine for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, as a matter of public interest.  In consequence we will be expecting the actions performed by the patent authority (Superintendence of industry and trade) following the law, to issue compulsory licenses for this medicine.
  2.  At the same time we applaud the confirmation of the announcement contained in the resolution 2475/2016 of an imminent price reduction for imatinib. If it is around 45%, as announced by the media, the cost of treatment will be reduced by US $ 7.300 per patient per year making significant savings for the whole health system. In that sense we are expecting the decision by the price commission fixing the new price of the product in Colombia.
  3.  Looking at the recent final report of the high level panel on access to medicines from the UN secretary General, we insist to call to countries to adopt and implement regulations to facilitate compulsory licenses to increase access to necessary medicines for the population.
  4.  We highlight the fact that MOH arrived to this point, ignoring economic and political inappropriate pressures that Colombia received during this long process. This performance from the government has been   highlighted by the panel as an emblematic case of the obstacles which countries like Colombia must face when intends to prioritize right to health over commercial interests.
  5.  We condemned the behavior of Big Pharma, their gremial representatives and their supporters' governments trending to press the government of Colombia in order to stop the sovereign power to decide to protect the fundamental right of his people and the financial sustainability of the health system. Particularly the threat to condition financial support for the post-conflict.

MISION SALUD                                FUNDACION IFARMA                   CIMUN.

De: Ip-health <ip-health-bounces at lists.keionline.org> en nombre de Andrew S. Goldman <andrew.goldman at keionline.org>
Enviado: miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016 13:32
Para: Baker, Brook
Cc: IP-health
Asunto: Re: [Ip-health] PhRMA's reaction to Columbia's decision to cut prices

The price decrease was only just finalized: a reduction by 45%.



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On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM, Baker, Brook <b.baker at northeastern.edu>

> Not at all deterred by the critique in the UN Secretary-General's High
> Level Panel on Medicines final report about industry and government
> pressure on Columbia to threaten the issuance of a compulsory license,
> PhRMA today issued a verbal pout against Columbia lesser decision to
> require a price drop on Novartis's extortionately priced anti-cancer
> medicine, Gleevec:  http://phrma.org/press-release/phrma-response-to-
> colombias-decision-to-enforce-a-declaration-of-public-interest
> Brook
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