[Ip-health] UNDP: Using competition law to promote access to health technologies: A guidebook for LMICs

Catherine Kirk catherine.kirk at undp.org
Mon May 19 10:59:08 PDT 2014

Dear all - UNDP has today launched a resource entitled "Using competition law to promote access to health technologies: A Guidebook for low and middle income countries"<http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hiv-aids/using-competition-law-to-promote-access-to-medicine/> .

The Guidebook is the culmination of a UNDP project to increase the availability of information on how competition law and policy can be used by LMICs to increase access to affordable health technologies. It is one of  the most comprehensive resources on opportunities and challenges around competition law and policy specific to treatment access in LMICs. The concept originated with a small expert meeting convened by UNDP to explore how LMICs could increase access to essential health technologies. The guidebook was authored by Frederick Abbott (ed.), Sean Flynn, Carlos Correa, Jonathan Berger and Natasha Nyak.

It also follows up to a call by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law<http://www.hivlawcomission.org/>, that "countries must proactively use other areas of law and policy, such as competition law, price control policy and procurement law which can help increase access to pharmaceutical products."

This Guidebook is intended for use by government authorities in LMICs who may have an interest in promoting access to health technologies through the effective use of competition law-including competition authorities, procurement and health authorities, judges and members of legislatures.  It is also intended as a resource for civil society actors to exercise appropriate action over anti-competitive activities that may affect consumer/patient welfare and rights.

We would be grateful for your support in disseminating this publication widely through your networks.

Thanks and regards,

Katie Kirk
Intellectual Property and Access to Treatment Consultant
HIV, Health and Development Group, BDP
United Nations Development Programme
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