[Ip-health] German Holguin, a colombian leader for access to medicines passed away

Fabiana Jorge mfjorge at mfjint.com
Wed Dec 18 05:36:46 PST 2019

Thank you Francisco for letting us know.  It is true, German did a lot of
work when we were working on the bilateral negotiation and made a real
impact through his studies.
We lost Dilip Shah this year as well.
Very sad.
M Fabiana

On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 2:18 AM Francisco Rossi <francisco_rossi at hotmail.com>

> Dear friends;
> It is very sad to inform you that last friday, Germán Holguin, one of our
> long term partners on access to medicines
> passed away.  We, in Colombia, will remember him as one of the opponents
> of the Free Trade agreements' IP chapters, supporting a large ammount of
> impact studies (most in spanish) conducted in association with IFARMA. His
> intervention with Roberto Lopez at the US Congress, allowed our country
> (and Peru) to have one of the less agressive treaties on IP in the
> continent. He also was our regional leader in presenting the case of access
> to medicines at the interamerican court of human rights. Misión Salud was
> one of the organizations that presented compulsory licenses request for
> kaletra, for imatinib and now for DAAs for hepatitis C. In october the CL
> request for hepatitis C (DAAs) was 4 years old, and he died  waiting for a
> final decission...
> We all miss him.
> Claudia Vargas
> Francisco Rossi
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