Category Archives: R&D

Moment of truth for global TB response

On Thursday 16 November 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin told a hall full of health ministers in Moscow that TB is a “serious problem”, and said, “I am confident that the only way we can stand up against this truly global threat … Continue reading

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Patient commentary: the current model has failed

Source: BMJ The cost of cancer drugs is skyrocketing: prices of cancer drugs increased by 10% every year between 1995 and 2013.1 More and more we’re seeing cancer drugs being priced off the NHS—as is the case with secondary breast cancer … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Pricing Hostages

By Ellen t’ Hoen, Medicines Law & Policy Ireland seems to be the stage of some of the most bizarre pharmaceutical company behaviour these days. This month, the pharmaceutical company CSL Behring announced it will no longer provide Respreeza (human alpha1-proteinase inhibitor), … Continue reading

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Today, UACT submitted letters to the CEOs of three major pharmaceutical companies currently developing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) technologies.  UACT asked the leaders of Novartis, Gilead Sciences, and Juno Therapeutics to address questions regarding research and development (R&D) … Continue reading

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Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, 2017

Source: All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) The Department of Pharmaceuticals has circulated a Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, 2017 which can be accessed here. The draft policy identifies the following key objectives: a. Making essential drugs accessible at affordable prices to the … Continue reading

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South African IP policy draft released seeking comments from public

International Trade and Economic Development division of South African Government has released the  Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of south Africa Phase 2017 and it is now publicly available for comments.  Access the draft policy here:   

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Stakeholder Intervention at 19th RCEP negotiations round- James Love, Knowledge Ecology International

These are the notes I used when providing the KEI comments at the July 25, 2017 civil society stakeholder forum at the 19th round of the RCEP negotiation. My name is James Love. I work for Knowledge Ecology International, an … Continue reading

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