BIO, PhRMA and US Chamber of Commerce express fear of UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in letter to Senator HatchSubmitted by thiru on 31. March 2016 - 10:11
In a sternly worded letter dated 18 February 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) wrote Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican - Utah) expressing serious reservations with the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UN HLP).
GSK has made a major announcement of new policies to expand access to its patented medicines. A copy of the press statement is here.
This was the Wall Street Journal's take on the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, two days after the agreement was reached:
11 Groups Urge NIH to Lower Price of Xtandi, NIH/Army-Funded Prostate Cancer Drug With $129k/Year Price TagSubmitted by Zack Struver on 21. March 2016 - 12:34
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Non-Profit Groups Urge Obama Administration, NIH to Lower Price of Government-Funded, $129,000 Per Year Prostate Cancer Drug
The groups asked the National Institutes of Health to “take this opportunity to act” to lower the price of the prostate cancer drug Xtandi and show leadership on deterring discriminatory pricing practices.
TDR releases report on a Health Product Research & Development Fund: A Proposal for Financing and OperationSubmitted by thiru on 17. March 2016 - 4:28
On 17 March 2016, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) released a 76-page report entitled, Health Product Research & Development Fund: A Proposal for Financing and Operation.
I have provided an update on our work on US government owned patents here:
On Monday, March 7, 2016, from 1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M., the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) met with invited stakeholders in a briefing at the White House on the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the implementation package that was sent to Congress on February 29, 2016. The package was submitted for review to the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees.
2016: KEI/MSF comments to NIH on licensing of patents on Attenuated Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) VaccinesSubmitted by James Love on 9. March 2016 - 8:04
Other KEI comments on NIH licenses can be found here: http://keionline.org/nih-licenses
On Monday, March 7, 2016, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, issued a statement in support of the recent Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) request that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) authorize the generic production of an expensive prostate cancer drug in order to curb an excessive and discriminatory price in the United States.
TRIPS Council March 2016: India reiterates support for de-linkage and references UN High Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 7. March 2016 - 10:27
In early March 2016, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) TRIPS Council discussed "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Education and Diffusion". The following delegations co-sponsored discussion of this item on Education and Diffusion - Australia, European Union, Switzerland, United States, Japan, Singapore, Peru, Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong China.
This is a slightly expanded version of the testimony we provided at the March 1, 2016 USTR Special 301 hearing. I had some trouble uploading to Regulations.Gov, but emailed a copy to Christine R. Peterson, the Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation. One addition was this data:
We sent this brief note to the Army today regarding this federal register note: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-04494
From: Jamie Love
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2016
Subject: Digital Optical Method patents
I am writing about the notice of intent for an exclusive license to patents on the Digital Optical Method (DOMTM ), United States Patent No. 7,495,767.
On March 4, 2016, KEI provided comments to the US Senate Committee on Finance on a report prepared by staff for Senators Grassley and Wyden that was issued by the committee on December 2015, titled “The Price of Sovaldi and Its Impact on the U.S. Health Care System.” Senators Grassley and Wyden asked the public to comment on various issues raised in the report. The comments we filed on March 4 included three major sections.
On March 3, 2016, KEI filed a comment with the U.S. Copyright Office in Docket No. 2015-8, regarding 17 U.S.C. § 1201.
The comment made specific recommendations regarding changes to the rulemaking procedure, the anti-trafficking provisions, and permanent exemptions, and also suggested requiring a registration and application process, as well as payment of a fee, for the DRM/TPM seeking legal protection under the law.
11 February 2016: 5 groups express concerns over WIPO statements relating to UN High-Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 4. March 2016 - 5:10
On Thursday, 11 February 2016, five groups including Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Oxfam, Stop AIDS, Third World Network (TWN) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) highlighting our concerns with statements expressed by WIPO relating to the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP). To date, we have yet to hear any formal response from WIPO.