UNITAID Patent Pool for Medicines

In 2007 Medécins sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) presented a proposal for UNITAID to host a medicines patent pool.

In July 2008 the UNITAID Board supported the principle of establishing a patent pool for medicines to provide patients in low and middle income countries with increased access to more appropriate and lower price medicines.


Cost Benefit Analysis for UNITAID Patent Pool
UNITAID website on patent pools
MSF website on patent pools. Join the MSF Campaign: Make it Happen - Help push for the pool
Animation on patent pools Stop AIDS Campaign
KEI main website on Patent Pools
News Stories & Statements of Support

July 2009. The treatment Timebomb, All party UK Parlimentary Group on AIDS report

July 2009. Political activism needed for patent pools for HIV drugs, The Lancet

August 6, 2008. UNITAID Patent Pool at Mexico City AIDS Conference, KEI Policy Blog. And Audio of Mexico City AIDS conference event on patent pools , MSF Website

August 5, 2008. UAEM Urges Universities to Support UNITAID Patent Pool, UAEM press release. 

July 9, 2008. Patent Pooling Is Next Step for Innovative Drug Purchasing Agency, IP Watch

July 9, 2008. MSF Statement on UNITAID Medicines Patent Pool Decision., Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

July 9, 2008. UNITAID moves towards a patent pool for medicines, UNITAID press release

July 8, 2008. KEI Statement on UNITAID Announcement , Knowledge Ecology International press release

July 8, 2008. Donald G. McNeil Jr., "Effort for Lower Drug Prices Would Focus on Gaining Patents," New York Times, Health Section.