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US Chamber of Commerce defends Swiss drug company charging excessive prices in Colombia

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David Hirschmann, US Chamber, claims efforts to curb high prices for cancer drugs are "a destructive course."

The US Chamber of Commerce might consider renaming itself the US/Swiss Chamber of Commerce, after their most recent attack on the Colombia Minister of Health (MoH) announcement that a "Declaration of Public Interest" would be issued for the patents on the cancer drug imatinib, held by the Swiss company Novartis. In the US Chamber's defense of the Swiss drug company, they don't mention the fact that Novartis has earned about $48 billion from sales of imatinib (sold by Novartis under the brand names Gleevec or Glivec) since the drug was put on the market, including more than $380 million per month in 2015.

Alfred Engelberg and Aaron Kesselheim in Nature on Bayh-Dole royalty free rights in patents, Xtandi case

Alfred Engelberg and Aaron Kesselheim have published an opinion article in Nature titled:

"Use the Bayh-Dole Act to lower drug prices for government healthcare programs," Nature Medicine 22, 576 (2016) doi:10.1038/nm0616-576, Published online 07 June 2016.
http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v22/n6/abs/nm0616-576.html

Letter from KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam America and Health GAP to Senator Hatch, regarding Colombia Compulsory License

Attached is a letter that KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam America and Health GAP have sent to Senator Hatch, via the Senate Finance Committee, objecting to the pressure his office has put on Colombia over a compulsory license on patents held by Novartis for the cancer drug Gleevec. This refers to the accounts of pressure from Hatch's office that are described in two letters from the Colombia Embassy in Washington, dated April 27 and April 28, which were recently leaked.

Fundación Karisma at WIPO SCCR32 on broadcast treaty

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Good afternoon, and thank you very much, sir.
I wanted to refer to the rights to be granted in this proposed treaty and I would like to give you an example of something that has recently happened in Colombia and how sometimes the retransmission rights can be abused.

KEI comment on USTR's 2016 Special 301 report

The 2016 USTR Special 301 report is now available. (copy here). The report is 77 pages of complaints about intellectual property policies around the world, plus a number of other complaints, including those related to pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, restrictions on data flows, standard setting, and government procurement.

On the one hand, USTR says it is supports "access to medicine for all."

2015 Oct 16 version: RCEP draft text for investment chapter

(More KEI RCEP leaks here: http://keionline.org/rcep)

Attached below is the October 16, 2015 version of the investment chapter for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, known as RCEP. This text is made public for the first time by KEI.

Global pharmaceutical sales, by region, 2013-2015

These estimates are published by Statista, here.

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Obama Administration memo: "Background on TPP Biopharma Provisions" describes how TPP will raise drug prices

[First reported by Politico] On April 9, 2016, the Obama Administration sent a document to Congress defending the TPP against criticism from the pharmaceutical industry that they did not get enough from the deal.

The 2016 Tufts estimates of the risk adjusted out-of-pocket costs to develop a new drug.

Draft, revised April 12, 2016.

2015:4 KEI Briefing Note: The Tufts estimates of the risk adjusted out-of-pocket costs to develop a new drug.
April 12, 2016
James Love

This is a briefing note on the 2016 Tufts study titled: Innovation in the pharmaceutical industry: New estimates of R&D costs, co-authored by three industry consultants, Joseph A. DiMasi, Henry G. Grabowski and Ronald W. Hansen. [J.A. DiMasi et al. Journal of Health Economics 47 (2016)].

2016: Great Lakes Neuroscience and NIH exclusive license on MS/ALS patent

The following is the KEI comment to the NIH proposed exclusive license to Great Lakes Neuroscience for a patent on Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and certain other CNS Disorders. (PDF version here). KEI asks the NIH for certain information about the proposed license, and also asks the NIH to include provisions in the license that protect consumers in both the United States and developing countries.

For the United States, KEI asks that prices be:

Incentives for R&D on new uses of existing drugs

The Fordham international IP conference just concluded a panel on patents for second uses of medical inventions, and the discussions illustrated once more the degree to which the patent system is poorly designed to address this issue.

Notes for the talk at Fordham on TPP/TTIP.

These were my notes from my talk on Thursday morning at the annual Fordham International IP conference, which is organized by Professor Hugh Hansen. The panel was titled "Examination of TPP & TTIP."


What is wrong with the TransPacific Partnership (TPP)?

The TPP was negotiated with asymmetric secrecy. Not from industry, but from the public. Nearly all of the real experts in IP policy were in the dark over the actual language of the texts. We delegated too much power to government trade negotiators and to lobbyists.

KEI statement on GSK's announcement of policies to expand access to patented medicines

GSK has made a major announcement of new policies to expand access to its patented medicines. A copy of the press statement is here.

The WSJ on Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, in 2001

This was the Wall Street Journal's take on the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, two days after the agreement was reached:

Update on our work on US government owned patents

I have provided an update on our work on US government owned patents here:

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