Category Archives: Compulsory Licensing

Medicines Excitement in the Netherlands – New Health Minister announces firm action on “absurd” medicines pricing and gets the European Medicines Agency.

The new Minister of Health of the Netherlands, Bruno Bruins, came in guns blazing when he put the pharmaceutical industry on notice and announced on 22 November to “change the rules of the game” to tackle, what he called “absurd” … Continue reading

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Greek health minister takes issue with Roche’s withdrawal of cancer medicine due to mandatory, retroactive discount

Source: EndPoints News Drug prices are not just a US problem. Greece’s minister of health on Tuesday expressed dismay over Roche’s decision to withdraw a cancer medicine because of a new mandatory discount imposed by the country. Greek health minister … Continue reading

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Malaysian CL on Hep C drug reignites discussion in India

Source: The Hindu BusinessLine MUMBAI, OCTOBER 9:   Last month, Malaysia issued a compulsory licence (CL) on multinational drugmaker Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir for government use. This government action aimed at improving access to the drug in Malaysia has in fact … Continue reading

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US needs to push range of economic issues with India: Kenneth Juster

Source: The Economic Times WASHINGTON: The US must push a range of economic issues with India, including intellectual property, standard and non-tariff barriers, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next envoy to India has told lawmakers. Underlining that there … Continue reading

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DNDi welcomes Malaysia’s move to secure access to more affordable treatments for hepatitis C

[Kuala Lumpur, Geneva – 20 September 2017] Malaysia has issued a “government use” licence enabling access to more affordable versions of an expensive and patented medicine to treat hepatitis C. This landmark decision should help the more than 400,000 people living with … Continue reading

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An Access Regime based on Indian Patents Act -Review Of “The Access Regime” by Feroz Ali

Source: Even though the Agreement on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) set the minimum standards of protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, it could not harmonise the various national patent laws. Irrespective of the … Continue reading

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The Trump Executive Order on drug prices: not what was promised nor needed, and contrary to US self interest

Source: Medium Emily Kopp has a big scoop for Kaiser Health News. She has obtained a six page document outlining the draft provisions or objectives of a proposed Presidential Executive Order (EO) on drug prices. She has shared some of … Continue reading

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