16 groups write open letter to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros: Roadmap on Access to Medicines and Vaccines 2019-2023

On Friday, 3 August 2018, 16 groups sent an open letter to WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressing views on the proposed WHO Roadmap on Access to Medicines and Vaccines 2019-2023. The letter requested the Director-General to strengthen activities… Continue Reading

As Pandemic Preparedness bill clears House committee, effort to include antibiotics transferable exclusivity extension fails

On July 18, 2018, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee gave its approval to HR 6378, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, known as PAHPA. During the mark up, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) proposed attaching… Continue Reading

SCP28: Chair’s text (version 1) on future work mandates the sharing of state practice on compulsory licensing of medical technologies and transparency of medical patents

Geneva 15h56 On Thursday, 12 July 2018, at the 28th session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) countries are negotiating over the mandate of WIPO’s future work program on a suite of issues including: 1) Exceptions… Continue Reading

WHO publishes Meeting Report of the Informal Advisory Group on the Availability and Affordability of Cancer Medicines

In May 2017, the 70th World Health Assembly passed a cancer resolution (WHA70.12, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach). At the time KEI provided the following commentary on the cancer resolution: On Tuesday, May 30,… Continue Reading