[Ip-health] G8 document lists Patent Pool among "best practices and lessons learned" on HIV/AIDS

Kaitlin Mara kmara at medicinespatentpool.org
Thu May 26 02:58:03 PDT 2011

A recent G8 document, The "Deauville Accountability Report," assessing the
state of delivery and results on the G8's health and food security
commitments, lists the Medicines Patent Pool amoung the "Best practices
and lessons learned" on the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS.

"Work with producers to reduce manufacturing costs and increase the
quality of key HIV drugs. In this regard, UNITAID has led to positive
results with a better coverage of ARV treatment access. In 2010 UNITAID
launched a patent pool foundation to allow generic companies to make lower
cost versions of widely patented new medicines by creating a common space
for patent holders to license their technology in exchange for royalties.
This will spur competition and further bring down the price of vital new
and effective medicines, giving hope to millions of patients. This
initiative is supported by France and the United Kingdom, to facilitate
the production of affordable generic medicines that are well adapted for
use in resource-poor settings."

The full report is here:

Other best practices include, strengthening health systems, providing
technical expertise as well as financial support, strengthening civil
society and human rights, mitigating social consequences and fighting
discrimination, and cross-cutting implementation of HIV prevention

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