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KEI requests that DHHS Inspector General investigate failure to disclose federal funding in Spinraza patents.

KEI objects to the U.S. Army grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on U.S. Army-owned patents on a Zika Virus vaccine.

Research and testimony on transparency legislation.

Request to the NIH and U.S. Army to use government royalty free or march-in rights on the prostate cancer drug Xtandi.

Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Public Goods.

Innovation inducement prizes as an alternative to IPR monopolies to reward successful innovation.

Now is a good time to donate money to KEI.

KEI timelines, on a variety of topics.

Poll

Governments can ration access to cancer drugs, or break patent monopolies. Why is rationing so popular?:

EB140: WHO adopts decision on terms of reference for overall programme review of the GSPOA (31 Jan 2017)

On 31 January 2017 the WHO Secretariat published the "Draft decision resulting from informal consultations" on the Overall programme review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (EB140/CONF./7 Rev.1). This can be found here: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB140/B140_CONF7Rev1-en.pdf

The chapeau to this decision notes:

EB140 heats up during discussions of proposed changes to resolution on TOR of Overall Programme Review of GSPOA

* (The author thanks the PHM Watchers for their notes of the WHO EB140 deliberations).

Feb 24, 2017 - U.S. History, Experiences, and Prospects of Compulsory Licensing of Medical Patents


On Friday, February 24, 2017, KEI hosted a meeting exploring compulsory licensing in the United States.

Title: History, Experiences, and Prospects of Compulsory Licensing on Medical Patents in the United States
Date: Friday February 24, 2017
Location: Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health
700 Second St. NE (near Union Station)
Washington, DC 20002

Chilean Cámara de Diputados votes overwhelmingly to advance compulsory licensing of drug patents.

GiorgioJacksonChile.jpgThe Cámara de Diputados of the Chilean Congress voted on January 25, 2017 in favor of Resolution 798, calling on the government to implement compulsory licenses on drugs for cancer and other diseases. The vote was 67 yes, 0 no, and 32 abstentions. The resolution was put forward by Giorgio Jackson and six other members (V. Mirosevic, Miguel Alvarado, Karla Rubilar, Juan Luis Castro, Gabriel Boric, and Victor Torres).

EB140: Statement of India on the Report of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On the morning of Monday, 23 January 2017, India delivered the following intervention at the 140th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board requesting the "explicit inclusion" of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel Report in the "provisional agenda of the EB140 as a separate agenda item under item 8."

In making the case for the inclusion of the UN HLP in the WHO's Executive Board deliberations, India articulate the following:

Spinraza: KEI asks DHHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate a failure to disclose federal funding in patents

KEI has asked the DHHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate a failure to disclose federal funding of patents on nusinersen, a drug developed by Ionis Pharmaceuticals (formerly known as Isis Pharmacetuicals) with BioGen, and sold under the trade name Spinraza.

A copy of the 22 page letter to OIG is available here.

Klobuchar Drug Importation Amendment Sees Votes Crossing the Aisle

At 11:06 P.M. on January 11, 2017, during the so-called “Vote-A-Rama”, the Senate considered an amendment put forward by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on the parallel importation of prescription drugs from Canada.

Groups Object to Army Proposal to Give Sanofi a Monopoly on Patents for Taxpayer-Funded Zika Vaccine

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 JANUARY 2017

CONTACT: Zack Struver, zack.struver@keionline.org, +1 (202) 332-2670

Groups Object to Army Proposal to Give Sanofi a Monopoly on Patents for Taxpayer-Funded Zika Vaccine

KEI initial opposition to U.S. Army grant of exclusive license to Sanofi on patents for Zika virus vaccine

Building 810 December 21, 2016 -- KEI has filed comments with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) on the proposed grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on patents on a vaccine for Zika Virus.

Colombia finalizes 44% price reduction of leukemia drug Glivec

The Colombian Ministry of Health has finalized the price reduction of Glivec, Novartis's +$47 billion leukemia drug, with a decrease in price from 368 pesos per milligram to 206.42 pesos per mg.

SCP25: Closing Statement of the Republic of South Africa

On Thursday, 15 December 2016, South Africa delivered this poignant, closing statement at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). Negotiations broke down on the issue of future work, as the European Union and Group B refused to permit discussions of the Report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines at future sessions of the SCP.

According to the WIPO website,

Front page New York Times story explores Kite Pharma's profitable relationship with NIH regarding expensive cancer drug

Matt Richtel and Andrew Pollack explore the complex policy issues involved with the pricing of products based on taxpayer-funded inventions and research in a front page New York Times story published today.

KEI Dec 9, 2016 comments to NIST on Bayh-Dole Act Regulations

In November, NIST proposed to amend the regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. 200 et seq., which concerns intellectual property arising from federally-funded research, including 37 CFR sections 401 and 404. There were 15 comments, including a letter from KEI on December 9, 2016. EFF also provide comments. The other 13 comments to NIST were from Universities, associations or individuals taking the side of right-holders.

The KEI comments are available here.

SCP25: South Africa’s Experience Related to the Topic of Access to Medicines

On Wednesday, 14 December 2016, the delegation of South Africa delivered a comprehensive, moving account of South Africa's "journey in the quest to provide access to essential medicines" at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents.

South Africa Access to Medicines: South Africa’s Experience Related to the Topic of Access to Medicines at the Standing Committee on the Laws of Patents

Background

Madam Vice Chair,

PCB39: Address of Justice Michael Kirby - HIV/AIDS & Solidarity - 30 Years On

On 7 December 2016, Justice Michael Kirby delivered the following keynote speech at the 39th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board during discussions on intellectual property and access to medicines. Justice Kirby served as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.

UNAIDS
PROGRAMME COORDINATING BOARD
39TH MEETING, WHO, GENEVA
AGENDA ITEM 6, 7 DECEMBER 2016

HIV/AIDS & SOLIDARITY - 30 YEARS ON*

Michael Kirby**

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