[Ip-health] KEI Statement regarding the UN political declaration on NCDs

Claire Cassedy claire.cassedy at keionline.org
Thu Sep 27 08:18:30 PDT 2018

Below is KEI's statement for the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable
diseases regarding the UN political declaration on NCDs.


Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) was pleased to see that in the draft
declaration text as of September 19, 2018, language was included  in OP 20
which reaffirmed the 2001 WTO Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and
Public Health and supported its interpretation and implementation in a
manner to support public health and access to medicines for all, which
would include treatments for cancer, rare diseases, and other expensive NCD
treatments whose high prices lead to unequal access.

However, there are areas where the declaration is a disappointment.

While noting the need for affordable treatments, the declaration does not
acknowledge that prices for new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for NCDs
are excessive or prohibitively high. In fact, the word price does not
appear at all in the declaration.

The declaration encourages multi-sectoral partnerships, but the risks
associated with conflicts of interest are mentioned only briefly, in OP27,
and based upon experience, the risks are understated.

Most important, when considering the mobilization of resources to prevent
and control NCDs, innovative financing is only referenced through the lense
of voluntary mechanisms.  But clearly new approaches to finance biomedical
innovation that delink incentives from prices are needed to to bring policy
coherence to the twin objectives of innovation and access.

Claire Cassedy
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009
Tel.: 1.202.332.2670

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