[Ip-health] DNP+ letter to WHO on impact study on IP provisions in the India-EU FTA
thiru at keionline.org
Tue Jan 25 06:40:24 PST 2011
Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang
World Health Organization
South-East Asia Region
New Delhi-110002, India
Ph: 91-11-23370804, 23370809-11
Fax: 91-11-23370197, 23379395, 23379507
Re: WHO's impact study on IP provisions in the India-EU FTA
Dear Dr. Plianbangchang,
I am writing on behalf of the Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+).
organization was founded in 1999 as a support group of people living
HIV/AIDS (PLHIV). We actively work towards universal treatment access
provide support services to the PLHIV community.
We would like to draw your attention to the ongoing negotiations between
Indian Government and European Commission for a free trade agreement
specifically on Intellectual Property (IP) and investment that will
barriers for the production of life-saving low cost quality generic
European Commission's "TRIPS-plus" demands relevant for pharmaceuticals
relate to introduction of supplementary protection certificates
extension) and data exclusivity.
In particular, intellectual property provisions like data exclusivity
mean that multinational companies will enjoy several years of market
exclusivity (monopoly) in India on even off patent medicines - with
cheaper, domestically produced generic versions not registered and
for several years.
The India-EU FTA negotiations are ongoing and are now in a crucial phase
with both governments publicly emphasizing that the trade agreement is
likely to be concluded in the next few months.
In order to stop our government from literally trading away our lives,
rely on the studies of scientists, economists, pharmacists, lawyers,
intellectual property experts. We want to highlight the harmful impact
the EU-India Free Trade Agreement on access to affordable generic
We know that WHO - Regional Office for South-East Asia had initiated and
completed a study estimating the economic impact of the adoption of an
intellectual property rights regime (IPR) on access to medicines. The
based on a model developed by WHO and PAHO focused on the impact of
patents for pharmaceuticals, patent term extension and data
the production and availability of generic medicines in/from India.
Already in our personal experience, patents in India on Cancer, HIV,
hepatitis medicines are making treatment expensive for newer therapy for
Therefore this study can prove to be a very crucial tool for us in
advocating about the impact of product patent regime in India and how
plus measures including data exclusivity if implemented in India may
the lives of millions of patients in the developing world. In
study can play a key role in convincing Indian decision makers that
provisions like data exclusivity are in fact detrimental for patients in
India and other developing countries.
We would therefore like to request you to share the study with us and
public interest groups at the earliest.
We would like to thank you in advance,
Delhi Network of Positive People
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org
Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997
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