[Ip-health] WHA72: WHO media release on the adoption of the transparency resolution

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue May 28 05:28:21 PDT 2019


World Health Assembly Update, 28 May 2019

28 May 2019 News release Geneva

Access to medicines

The World Health Assembly today adopted a resolution on improving the
transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health products
in an effort to expand access.

The resolution urges Member States to enhance public sharing of information
on actual prices paid by governments and other buyers for health products,
and greater transparency on pharmaceutical patents, clinical trial results
and other determinants of pricing along the value chain from laboratory to

It requests the WHO secretariat to support efforts towards transparency and
monitor the impact of transparency on affordability and availability of
health products, including the effect of differential pricing.

The aim is to help Member States to make more informed decisions when
purchasing health products, negotiate more affordable prices and ultimately
expand access to health products for the populations.

Assuring access to medicines is key to advancing universal health coverage.
Member States also expressed wide support for the WHO Access Roadmap for
Medicines, Vaccines and other health products, which will determine WHO’s
work on this issue for the next five years.

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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