[Ip-health] Oxfam reaction to the first license for the patent pool

Mohga Kamal-Yanni mkamalyanni at Oxfam.org.uk
Thu Sep 30 08:31:55 PDT 2010

Oxfam welcomes breakthrough on access to HIV medicines

Oxfam today welcomed an agreement between the UNITAID- backed Medicine 
Patent Pool Foundation (MPPF) and the US National Institutes of Health 
(NIH) to license the antiretroviral drug darunavir to the patent pool. The 
pool was set up to reduce the cost of HIV medicines. 

Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Oxfam senior policy adviser, said: ?This decision could 
be a real breakthrough in making new HIV medicines available and 
affordable to poor people.

?By becoming the first to license a patent to the pool, the National 
Institutes of Health has shown that one of the world?s foremost scientific 
research institutions believes in its value. Yet one patent is not enough. 
Successful treatment of HIV requires a combination of medicines, so 
companies need to step up to the plate and contribute their patents. 
 ?Companies such as ViiV, that claim to be socially responsible while 
refusing to cooperate with this initiative to make life-saving medicines 
available to poor people are guilty of outrageous double standards. They 
now have no excuse for not joining the pool." 

The patent pool gives producers and researchers the right to use relevant 
patents to develop medicines in exchange for a fair royalty payment to the 
patent-holder. The pool will encourage competition in the market, bring 
down prices and enable child-friendly formulations.  It will allow 
millions of people to have access to affordable, quality HIV medicines. 

Further information: Jon Slater 07876 476403/jslater at oxfam.org.uk

Best wishes
Mohga - Dictating to the computer so please forgive silly mistakes

Dr. Mohga M Kamal-Yanni
Senior health & HIV policy advisor
Oxfam GB
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