Six organizations ask HHS Secretary Azar to take title of 5 patents on Exondys 51, as remedy to failure by inventors to disclose NIH funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2018 kim.treanor@keionline.org (202)-332-2670 Six organizations are asking Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to take actions to lower the price of eteplirsen, a drug sold under the brand name Exondys 51, to… Continue Reading

Six University of Pennsylvania and Daniel J. Rader patents on Juxtapid (lomitapide) failed to discuss multiple NIH grants

On March 29, 2018, KEI asked the NIH to investigate the failure of the University of Pennsylvania and Daniel J. Rader to report NIH funding relating to 6 patents in the FDA Orange Book for the drug Juxtapid (INN lomitapide).… Continue Reading

18 members of the House of Representatives call for compulsory license on patents for HCV treatments

Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA-17) was joined by 17 other members of Congress in calling upon Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to issue a compulsory license on patents for medications to treat hepatitis C, by exercising 28… Continue Reading

2017: NIH non-response response to KEI and MSF comments on the proposed exclusive license of Zika vaccine patents to PaxVax

(More on government funded inventions here. Other KEI comments on NIH licenses are found here.) On November 30, 2017, KEI has received a response from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases regarding our previous joint comments with MSFon the proposed exclusive… Continue Reading

KEI Comment on GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit

Statement by James Love, KEI Director, on GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit.

The GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit may create a new opportunity to reform the incentives for rare diseases, even if the tax bill fails or the tax credit survives. The GOP tax bill shows there is weaker support for the existing regime than many thought.

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Penn “Certificates of Correction” on Federal Funding for 5 CAR T Patents

On October 17, 2017, KEI sent a letter to the NIH regarding the failure of the University of Pennsylvania to disclose federal funding of five patented inventions for CAR T.

Today (October 18, 2017), we received this statement from the University:

“We have reviewed the letter and have confirmed that each of these patents was reported to the government as having NIH funding.

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KEI Comments on the Draft Concept Note Concerning the WHO General Programme of Work

On October 13, 2017, KEI submitted comments to the WHO regarding the Draft Concept Note towards the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work. The Draft Concept Note is available here: http://www.who.int/about/draft-concept-note_13th-programme-work.pdf

The text of KEI’s comments follow below, and a PDF is available here.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Dear Dr. Tedros,

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