[Ip-health] Letter from six NGOs to Obama on the WTO LDC patent waiver negotiation

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Oct 20 04:35:10 PDT 2015


Submitted by KEI Staff on 19. October 2015 - 17:52

Six NGOs — including Oxfam America, Health GAP, Knowledge Ecology
International (KEI), the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), the
Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), and Public Citizen —
sent a letter to President Obama
asking him to publicly express the United States’ “full and unconditional
support” for the waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) drug patent rules
for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Last week, the WTO TRIPS Council was
unable to resolve a dispute over the waiver between the United States and
LDCs. The United States told negotiators it would only agree to extend the
current waiver — which expires January 1, 2016 — on a temporary basis.
Ambassador Michael Punke claimed that the U.S. was motivated in part
because it failed to “deliver” on industry-favored pharmaceutical
provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership <http://keionline.org/node/2337>

More information on the LDC request, including KEI briefings, press
releases, and blogs; news reports; and statements by other NGOs, is
available here <http://keionline.org/node/2342>.

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