[Ip-health] Washington Post co-sponsors NCD event with Eli Lilly

Ellen Shaffer ershaffer at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 15:03:31 PDT 2011

Sometimes one is most honored by the ravings (to say nothing of the
identity) of one's opponents.

Of course anyone familiar with Jamie and KEI knows the extent to which their
work is thoughtful and addresses the complexities as well as the central
problems of pharmaceutical regimes.

Perhaps you can take credit for forcing speakers to acknowledge the obvious
truth that the patent system is only one linchpin in a system that is rigged
to chase profit at the expense of benefit. How refreshing to read that
under-resourced health care systems are also part of the problem; if you can
take responsibility for forcing that item onto the agenda also, it will have
been a good day's work. - Ellen Shaffer

On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org>wrote:

> This report from Drug Wonks about a Washington Post/Eli Lilly joint event
> contains a personal attack. Jamie
> http://drugwonks.com/blog_post/show/7937
> On Wednesday I attended the Washington Post’s event on non-communicable
> diseases (NCDs), “Sharing the Responsibility.” The event was co-sponsored
> by
> Eli Lilly & Co.
> (Video clips of this event can be found at www.washingtonpostlive.com)
> The title of the conference was crucial as world-class speaker after
> speaker
> spoke to the need for cooperation between (as Ann Keeling, the CEO of the
> International Diabetes Federation and Chair of the NCD Alliance put it)
> “the
> three P’s – public, private, and people.”
> For a change, the discussion of NCDs wasn’t framed as a battle between
> “good
> guys” (generally portrayed in the mainstream media as “civil society”) and
> “bad guys” (private industry).  Rather than being about placing the blame,
> it was about developing solutions.  This position was stated early and
> eloquently by the event’s opening speaker, Dr. Julio Frank (Dean of the
> Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health and the key founding father of the
> Mexican healthcare system).  Dr. Frank warned that we must avoid and beware
> of “reductionist solutions.”
> When asked about the role of intellectual property rights and their role in
> addressing the NCD issue, Dr. Frank said that protecting IPRs is crucial to
> developing new and innovative global healthcare solutions.  While he was
> answering this question, Ms. Keeling had no comment on the question of IPRs
> but did comment that, “there are no magic bullets.”
> "This concept of “shared responsibility” issues many challenges – not the
> least of which goes out to the “Uncivil Society” movement led by (among
> others) Jamie Love. Uncivil Society demonizes any role for industry --
> except maybe writing checks (which brings to mind Abba Eban’s famous quote
> about the give-and-take between Israel and the PLO –“We give and they
> take.”)
> "As H.L. Mencken famously quipped, “For every complex problem there is an
> answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”
> "Uncivil Society was called out at this event.  “Shared responsibility,”
> means they must cease repeating and repeating and repeating their incessant
> falsehood that the majority of the Developing World’s healthcare problems
> could be solved if only we would do away with patents and intellectual
> property protection.
> "The petty agenda of Uncivil Society must not be allowed to hijack the
> important global mission of combating NCDs.
> ..................
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Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD MPH
Co-Director, Center for Policy Analysis
San Francisco Presidio
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