[Ip-health] The Medicines Patent Pool Expands its Patent and Licensing Database, MedsPaL, to include Essential Medicines for Cancer

leena menghaney leenamenghaney at gmail.com
Wed Dec 13 03:30:26 PST 2017

Dear Katie,

Thank you the information that information on patent applications and
status on essential medicines will now be available vis MedsPaL. I remember
the time when we collected patent status data for HIV medicines in MSF for
key countries when I joined the Access Campaign in 2005, sharing it with
civil society. to together challenge patent barriers to access. It is great
to see this work of the database multiplied and expanded to all essential

Having worked on identifying patent barriers to the breast cancer drug
trastuzumab in India some years ago, really pleased to see the mabs in the

Congratulations to your team - especially Pascale Boulet - who led the work
in MSF Access Campaign more than a decade ago and has now contributed to
this important project in the Medicines Patent Pool.



On 12 December 2017 at 17:02, Katie Moore <kmoore at medicinespatentpool.org>

> The Medicines Patent Pool Expands its Patent and Licensing Database,
> MedsPaL, to include Essential Medicines for Cancer
> First step in Upgrading Resource to Include All Patented Treatments on the
> World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List
> Geneva, 12 December 2017 — The Medicines Patent Pool today announced the
> expansion of MedsPaL, a comprehensive resource for information on the
> intellectual property status of priority medicines in developing countries,
> to patented treatments on the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Model List
> of Essential Medicines (EML). Data on patents for certain medicines to
> treat chronic myeloid leukaemia, breast cancer and other cancer indications
> have been added to its HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis medicine database.
> MedsPaL now covers 6,800 national patent applications in more than 110
> countries for more than 70 priority treatments.
> “Simplified access to accurate patent information on medications that meet
> important needs in national health systems is imperative,” said Greg Perry,
> Executive Director of the Medicines Patent Pool. “We are pleased to augment
> the content of MedsPaL to ensure public health actors have the information
> they need to procure and supply a range of essential medicines to patients.”
> The MPP has added patent information on seven medications - bendamustine,
> bevacizumab[1]<applewebdata://C88069B0-EE76-4DC9-949E-8669A4A1F8F3/#_ftn1>,
> dasatinib, imatinib, nilotinib, rituximab and trastuzumab to MedsPaL as a
> first step in incorporating additional data on patented medicines on the
> WHO’s EML. For some of these medicines, key patents have expired, but a
> number of relevant secondary patents remain.
> “The expansion of this database to all patented essential medicines is a
> powerful tool for countries as they move to improve access to treatment and
> strive for universal health coverage,” said Mariangela Simao, WHO Assistant
> Director-General for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals.
> MedsPaL includes patent and licensing status data collected from national
> and regional patent offices from around the world and from data disclosed
> by the pharmaceutical industry. Information on regulatory data exclusivity
> is collected from medicines regulatory agencies.
> To support the updating of MedsPaL, the MPP has signed collaborative
> agreements with the European Patent Office (EPO), Argentina’s National
> Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Chile’s National Institute of
> Industrial Property (INAPI), Dominican Republic’s National Office of
> Industrial Property (ONAPI), Ecuador Industrial Property Institute (IEPI),
> El Salvador’s National Registry Center (CNR) and South Africa’s Companies
> and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
> Unitaid funded the creation of MedsPaL and continues to support its
> development for HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis medicines. Funding
> provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for
> MPP’s feasibility study on the potential expansion of its licensing
> activities into patented essential medicines made the upgrade of MedsPaL to
> include other EML treatments possible.
> The MPP’s HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis activities are fully funded by
> Unitaid.
> About the Medicines Patent Pool
> The Medicines Patent Pool is a United Nations-backed public health
> organisation working to increase access to HIV, hepatitis C and
> tuberculosis treatments in low- and middle-income countries. Through its
> innovative business model, the MPP partners with industry, civil society,
> international organisations, patient groups and other stakeholders to
> prioritise, forecast and license needed medicines and pool intellectual
> property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new
> formulations. To date, the MPP has signed agreements with nine patent
> holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, two
> hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. The MPP
> was founded and is funded by Unitaid.
> For more detailed information on a given patent or its interpretation,
> MedsPaL users are encouraged to contact national patent offices or consult
> legal counsel.
> www.medicinespatentpool.org<http://www.medicinespatentpool.org/>
> www.medspal.org<http://www.medspal.org/>
> Contact:
> Katherine Moore
> Head of Communications
> Medicines Patent Pool
> Tel: +41 22 533 5054 | Mobile: +41 79 825 4786
> kmoore at medicinespatentpool.org<mailto:kmoore at medicinespatentpool.org>
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Leena Menghaney
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