[Ip-health] U.S. succeeds in removing language in global declaration on TB drugs

Leonardo Palumbo leonardo.palumbo at newyork.msf.org
Mon Jul 23 15:44:33 PDT 2018


Behind a paywall but worth reading.
https://www.statnews.com/pharmalot/2018/07/23/tuberculosis-united-nations-declaration/

U.S. succeeds in removing language in global declaration on TB drugs
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s talks wrap up at the United Nations over ways to address a global tuberculosis epidemic, the U.S. has succeeded in removing language from a policy document that patient advocacy groups claim will make access and affordability more difficult for poorer countries.

Specifically, the U.S. has pressed other nations to change language referring to a World Trade Organization agreement that allows countries to issue compulsory licenses as a way to create lower-cost alternatives to medicines, according to the latest version of the agreement reviewed by STAT.

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