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On World Cancer Day, do we celebrate the approval of Pfizer's $118,200 drug Ibrance?

Today, on World Cancer Day, there has been many great announcements and celebrations.

The FDA approved Pfizer's new drug Ibrance (INN: palbociclib) for the treatment of metastatic (advanced) breast cancer to be used in combination with letrozole based on a 165 person trial at UCLA's cancer center. (FDA press release here, ABC story here.)

UACT letter to Professor DiMasi, asking for answer to five questions about new R&D cost study

February 4, 2015 is World Cancer Day. The rapidly increasing cost of cancer drugs should be broadly discussed. The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), a union of people affected by cancer ( is asking the author and co-author of the "Tufts Cost Study," --a not-yet-released "study" used to justify high prices of drugs without providing data-- to address the following questions:

SCCR 29 Chair Proposed Summary for Broadcasting treaty

The SCCR is on its last session. The Chair has provided us with a Summary. Attached is the Item 5 or Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. More work needs to be done. Obviously.

SCCR 29 KEI Statement on Limitations and Exceptions regarding Education

The Chair asked for specific and brief NGOs comments on limitations and exceptions regarding education. KEI focused on the US example (110 and fair use) and the language proposed in the African group document regarding classroom use:

SCCR 29: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities

The last item on the SCCR 29 agenda is Item 7: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities.

SCCR 29 Negotiations on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives (US, Greece, Kenya, Brazil)

This morning on the last day of the WIPO SCCR 29, we are listening to the opening statements regarding the work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The positive buzz of yesterday's animated Q & A with Dr. Crews is replaced by the re-stating of well-known positions on the topic.

SCCR 29 December 11, 2014 Plenary on L&E for Libraries and Archives: a Few General Statements

SCCR29 December 11, 2014 Plenary regarding limitations and exceptions for Libraries and Archives

SCCR 29 Libraries, Archives and Public Interest NGOs in Q&A with Dr. Crews

While the many publishers representatives took the floor to explain that there are truly no problems with limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (and anyway according to them if there are problems that can be solved with licenses), libraries & archives as well as public interest groups make their case: the committee must continue its work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and find solutions.. Here are excerpts from some of the interventions:

SCCR 29 KEI's questions on the 3 step test, Berne Revisions & News snippets and Dr. Crews answers

Following Professor Crews' presentation of his updated report on limitations and exceptions (L&E) for libraries and archives, today more member states, IGOs and NGOs engaged again in an interesting Q&A. After years in this committee, I have rarely witnessed such enthusiasm and interest among all the SCCR participants about a report.

SCCR 29 December 10, 2014 Morning Informal and Agenda for the Next item on the agenda

The SCCR 29 went again into informals this morning and NGOs can listen but not report on what is going on. As per the agenda, the broadcasting treaty is still the topic of discussion. While the US delegation was supporting making the charts describing the definitions, concepts and rights being discussed available to the public, there were other delegations (TBD) against it and the charts are thus still "secret".

We are reconvening into plenary after the coffee break.

SCCR 29: Public Interest Organizations Statements regarding the Broadcasting Treaty

Also presented during the afternoon plenary, here are 3 statements by public interest organizations, the TACD, EFF and CIS:

SCCR 29: Statements by European casters and push back by copyright owners (IFPI & FIAP)

SCCR29 At 3pm, the plenary reconvened and the NGOs made their statements regarding the rights, definitions and concepts of the proposed broadcasting treaty discussed during the informal with the help of charts.

On the public interest side we only had KEI, TACD, EFF and CIS. I will post these statements in another blog. Here are 3 statements that are good examples of what the arguments were for the broadcasters (the European Broadcasting Union) followed by the push back by the IFFPI (representing the music industry) and finally the FIAP (film industry also pushing back).

SCCR 29 December 9, 2014: 3 secret broadcasting treaty charts ?

The December 9, 2014 SCCR morning session started with the Chair's summary of yesterday informals. The delegates discussed 3 charts. The first chart called "a technological platforms chart" is supposed to clarify the scope of protection of the new instrument, the broadcasters' treaty. The second chart is called "a rights chart". And additionally, the Chair prepared a third chart which was called a definitions chart, which contained the definitions of broadcasting organization, broadcasting transmission and signal.

SCCR 29 Morning Session: Is the Broadcasting Treaty crawling back?

The morning session of SCCR 29 (Dec 8-12, 2014) ended with a coffee break which will be followed by informals (that we are not allowed to report on at this point). After the usual decisions this morning i.e, Adoption of the agenda of the twenty ninth session then Accreditation of new non governmental organizations (and yes, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is in!) we had the Adoption of the Report of the Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.

What PhRMA Wants from TTIP

What PhRMA Wants from TTIP Oct 1, 2014
From the TTIP Stakeholder Forum.

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