The following statement was delivered by Thailand on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 during the discussion of agenda item 4.3 on public health, innovation and intellectual property. This statement requested Dr. Chan (Director-General, WHO) to conduct an investigation of the leaks of documents of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing to the IFPMA. In its statement, Thailand noted that the circle of trust had been broken.
I thank Madame DG to her explanation about the process and documentations including her constructive advices
The following discusses the 2009 PhRMA submission for the USTR Special 301 list on Thailand. Thailand is one of three Asian countries (China, Philippines and Thailand) that were singled out by PhRMA for the harshest treatment. The submission on Thailand covers several topics, including these:
Mr. Samak Sundaravej
Mr. Chaiya Sasomsap
Minister of Public Health
Talad Kwan District
Nontaburi Province 11000
March 4, 2008
Re: Thailand Compulsory Licenses and public health
Dear Prime Minister Sundaravej and Minister of Public Health Chaiya Sasomsap:
September 5, 2007. David Cronin for Intellectual Property Watch. EU Split Over Thai Effort to Obtain Cheapter Patented Drugs.
July 24, 2007. Bangkok Post. Thai Activists Attack Drug Ban.
Between November 2006 and January 2007, Thailand issued compulsory licenses for two AIDS drugs (efavirnz and the combination of lopinavir+ritonavir) and one antihypertension drug (clopidegrel). The pharmaceutical industry has vehemently objected to these compulsory licenses, and has sought the US government's assistance in the matter. Though USTR has been careful not to claim that the Thai government has violated the TRIPS Agreement, it did place Thailand on the 301 Report's Priority Watch List. Currently, the Thai government is in the process of deciding whe
Monday, 30 April 2007
"The sanctioning of countries for using legitimate and important flexibilities in the TRIPS agreement brings shame to all U.S. citizens who are increasingly seen in Thailand and elsewhere as bullies and hypocrites."