Category Archives: Innovation

IP watch: UN human rights council adopts access to medicines resolution

Source: IP Watch | June 23, 2017 The United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution on the right to health in relation to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a call for medicines and vaccines access for … Continue reading

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Lexmark: The Supreme Court’s patent exhaustion case and parallel trade in drugs

Source: Knowledge Ecology International The Supreme Court’s decision in IMPRESSION PRODUCTS, INC. v. LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.  has clarified that the United States has world wide exhaustion of patent rights.   According to Professor Fred Abbott, who knows a lot about this issue, and … Continue reading

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Better life through medicine—let’s leave no one behind

Source: http://www.thelancet.com The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies  rightfully addresses the need to guarantee access to essential medicines for all. However, we cannot achieve any real progress without acknowledging that the current patent-based business model and the way we … Continue reading

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If Modi Really Wants Affordable Medicines, Why is His Niti Aayog Pushing in the Opposite Direction?

The government’s premier policy-formulating agency recently recommended measures to deregulate the pharmaceutical sector and make essential medicines more expensive. New Delhi: Even as the prime minister repeatedly expresses his commitment to providing affordable medicines in the country, it appears that the NITI Aayog … Continue reading

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US Bill on drug prices: Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act

Source: www.franken.senate.gov A bill on drug prices has been introduced in US Congress to bring down prescription drug prices. The Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act aims to ensure that drug companies put patients before profits and bring relief to families … Continue reading

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In India’s Fight Against Tuberculosis, Diagnostics Remains Poorly Understood

A lack of innovation in diagnostics is making Indians more prone to drug-resistant TB, which is difficult to treat and could be fatal. By Ankur Paliwal, The Wire | March 3, 2017 The end of an otherwise typical day in the winter of … Continue reading

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Patent denied, price of prostate cancer drug may go down

The Indian Patent Office recently denied a patent for the drug Xtandi (Enzalutamide) by Japanese firm Astellas Pharma used in  treatment of prostate cancer. This decision comes in the light of the pre-grant opposition filed by pharma companies BDR Pharma, drug … Continue reading

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