National Association of Manufacturers told USTR the EU position on LDC extension made a mockery of international trading system

On September 10, 2015, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), wrote to USTR expressing alarm at the European Union support of an indefinite extension of a WTO waiver of obligations to grant patents on pharmaceuticals for UN defined least developed countries (LDCs). In 2015, there were 954 million persons living in LDCs, with a per capita income of $964, according to the World Bank. The EU had aligned itself with health advocates trying to protect the bottom billion access to life saving medicines.

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500+ Pages of Documents on NFL Attempts to Influence NIH Funding of Concussion Studies

Knowledge Ecology International recently obtained extensive email correspondence between officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), and the National Football League (NFL), which shed light on accusations of NFL attempts to control the NIH research agenda related to repeat concussion injuries in football players.

The records, which we received through FOIA, are available here:

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2016: NIH Waivers for U.S. Manufacturing Requirements for Federally-Funded Drugs

The National Institutes of Health, from 2011 through May of 2015, appears to have granted all requests for waivers of a requirement under federal law that patent holders who benefit from U.S. taxpayer-funding ensure that their patented inventions are manufactured in the United States.

The Bayh-Dole Act imposes various requirements on the grant of exclusive licenses by the patent holders of federally-funded inventions. In particular, the act generally requires that exclusive licensees “substantially” manufacture the invention in the United States.

The Act, however, also allows for the patent holder to obtain a waiver on the U.S. manufacturing requirement from the Federal agency that provided for the funding of the invention. According to a FOIA response recently obtained by Knowledge Ecology International, the NIH seems to grant every manufacturing waiver request that comes its way. Continue Reading

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Summary of Report of United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On September 14, 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines released its report, in which they had a mandate to “review and assess proposals and recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and public health in the context of health technologies.”[1]

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KEI Statement on United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Report

On September 14, 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines issued its long-awaited report, which addressed the policy incoherencies between intellectual property, trade, human rights, innovation, and public health.

The report is available here: http://www.unsgaccessmeds.org/final-report/
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Commentary on Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Respond to Unjustified Price Hikes for Long-Available Drugs

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has published a factsheet presenting, “Hillary’s Plan to Respond to Unjustified Price Hikes for Long-Available Drugs.”

Today via Twitter, KEI Director James Love offered a six point commentary on Secretary Clinton’s proposal to address drug price hikes:

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