[Ip-health] Malaysia's Health Minister thanks MSF for supporting Malaysia’s move on Hepatitis C drug

Chee Yoke Ling yokeling at twnetwork.org
Tue Feb 12 07:10:07 PST 2019

Dear all,

A Malaysian newspaper has picked up on the MSF letter to the Malaysian Government in support of our sofosbuvir compulsory licence, and also referred to the KEI posting of the Gilead emails to the USTR to pressure Malaysia.

"In a tweet, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) thanked international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for its support and solidarity with Malaysia’s stance on its use of compulsory licensing (CL) to gain access to generic versions of a Hepatitis C drug.

Malaysia has been facing pressure from pharmaceutical companies and their political allies ever since it used CL to gain access to generic versions of a Hepatitis C drug in 2017.

Last November, Knowledge Ecology International had reported communications between Gilead Sciences, Inc and USTR obtained from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under the Freedom of Information Act which NGOs had deemed Gilead using US authorities’ influence to pressure Malaysia to reverse its CL decision as a form of intimidation. Malaysia did not budge. ..."


Chee Yoke Ling
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