[Ip-health] New e-book on Panorama of ARVs patenting, Sanitary Registration and Industrial Health Complex in Brazil

Pedro Villardi pvillardi at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 13:42:32 PDT 2012

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) launches this week
its newest publication, titled "Panorama of Status of Patents and Sanitary
Registration of Antiretrovirals (ARVs) in Brazil: Implications for Access
and Industrial Policy for Health." The study, in Portuguese with a
Executive Summary in English conducted exclusively with information from
public databases, and systematizes and reflects on strategic data for AIDS
policy in Brazil, as the number of patent applications and sanitary
registration selected for ARVs.

The research was funded by the Ministry of Health/Department of STD, AIDS
and Hepatitis and UNESCO, and addresses issues fundamental to both the
policy of universal access to ARVs and to the Industrial Health Complex. In
July 2012, the research was presented at the International AIDS Conference
in Washington, in the session entitled " The Future of Affordable ART:
Trends in Patents and Price"

"The initiative to do the research came from the fact that there was not a
compilation of data sanitary registration and patent ARVs in Brazil. Thus,
the research objectives were: to build a picture of how ARVs are being
protected; map the sanitary registration granted and not granted for
medicines and subsequently selected systematize these data." Explains Pedro
Villardi, ABIA’s researcher responsible for the study.

After presenting the data, the study reflects on the health of industrial
policy, the extension of patent protection, the use of flexibilities to
protect public health in the case of ARVs and brings concrete suggestions
of policies to be adopted. The publication aims to contribute to the
formulation of public policies, but also aims to be a tool for social
movements and NGOs working on the issue to performance analysis on the

"It is noteworthy that, when using only public databases, finding
pharmaceutical patents in Brazil is extremely difficult when the opposite
should occur, since the patents should be public. In an attempt to overcome
this difficulty, the study, beyond the results, offers a step by step for
anyone who wants to perform patent searches", says Villardi.

The book was licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 license, which allows
its wide distribution and quotation, provided the source is acknowledged.
To download the work for free, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/9bqgr6e

Any dbouts or comments: pedro at abiaids.org.br


Pedro Villardi
Grupo de Trabalho sobre Propriedade Intelectual - GTPI/REBRIP
Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS - ABIA
Av. Presidente Vargas, 446/13° andar - Centro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
tel 21 2223-1040 -  fax 21 2253-8495

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