[Ip-health] Beyond the Obvious - Territorial Coverage of MPP_ViiV DTG License

Baker, Brook b.baker at northeastern.edu
Thu May 25 13:51:03 PDT 2017

Beyond The Obvious - Direct And Indirect Territorial Coverage Of MPP/ViiV Voluntary License For Dolutegravir - Intellectual Property Watch<https://www.ip-watch.org/2017/05/24/beyond-obvious-direct-indirect-territorial-coverage-mppviiv-voluntary-license-dolutegravir/>
Pursuant to a license negotiated by the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) with ViiV Healthcare (ViiV), an important new antiretroviral medicine, dolutegravir (DTG), will soon be available via generic competition in all low- and lower-middle-income countries, and a significant number of upper-middle-income countries as well. DTG is a highly recommended integrase inhibitor which highly effective, durable, inexpensive to produce, and relatively safe with few side effects. It is already an alternative WHO recommended first-line medicine and will probably become the global standard of care following trials on use of DTG to treat pregnant women and people with TB.[1] But until the MPP can succeed in getting inclusive licensing terms covering all low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this unique clause in the MPP-ViiV license should be adopted in future licenses, as it is a best practice to date in terms of expansive coverage, writes Brook Baker.

Professor Brook K. Baker
Health GAP (Global Access Project) &
Northeastern U. School of Law, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, Univ. of KwaZulu Natal, SA
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