[Ip-health] Delegates reach agreement on transparency resolution at WHA

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Sat May 25 11:05:00 PDT 2019


Now I'm told that deal on resolution is more like 99.5 percent finished,
but not 100 percent.

On Sat, May 25, 2019 at 7:53 PM James Love <james.love at keionline.org> wrote:

> The meeting just finished. I have not seen the final text. Lots of
> compromises were made to accommodate countries that are protecting drug
> companies, so one should wait to see the actual agreement before making too
> many judgments.   It will have considerable progress in some areas,
> including but not limited to price transparency, itself a very important
> issue, and one that has been going in the wrong direction in recent years.
> This was a priority for several countries, and perhaps the issue most
> concrete to many negotiators.
>
> One of the biggest challenges was on the costs of clinical trials, and
> here I expect the text to be pretty disappointing, on a very important
> topic.  Pretty shocking that some countries, like US, Switzerland, Germany,
> the UK, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, sought to block
> language that would "urge" countries to require disclosure of clinical
> trial costs, and I am waiting to see what if anything was done on
> disclosure and reporting of government R&D subsidies.
>
> I'm told the resolution does have a reference to "data on inputs
> throughout the value chain, including on clinical trial data and price
> information," which is not very strong, to say the least.
>
> If governments like the US, the UK and the Netherlands are complaining
> about high prices on drugs for cancer and rare diseases, why not have the
> cost of trials data that would greatly improve their bargaining power?
>
> There are several other issues in the resolution that were also subject to
> many brackets on Friday morning, and like everyone else, we are anxious to
> see what was resolved on clinical trial outcomes, patent landscapes,
> revenues, units sold, manufacturing know-how, and the modalities of moving
> forward.
>
> Everyone else has left the Palais des Nations, and I think I will too.
>
> Jamie
>
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