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WHA69: Draft resolution (A69/B/CONF./7) on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D

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Saturday, 28 May 2016

WHA69: Draft resolution (A69/B/CONF./7) on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D

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WHO to Colombia Minister of Health: Unaffordable drug prices are a legitimate reason for issuing a compulsory license

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 20:08

For more information, contact:
(U.S.) Andrew Goldman, KEI: andrew.goldman@keionline.org or +1 (202) 332-2670
(Colombia) Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas, Misión Salud: subdireccion@mision-salud.org
(Colombia) Dr. Francisco Rossi, IFARMA: francisco_rossi@hotmail.com

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

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28 Organizations Ask President Obama to Support Colombian Compulsory License on Expensive Leukemia Drug

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 19:14

Contact:
(U.S.) Andrew Goldman, KEI: andrew.goldman@keionline.org or +1 (202) 332-2670
(Colombia) Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas, Misión Salud: subdireccion@mision-salud.org
(Colombia) Dr. Francisco Rossi, IFARMA: francisco_rossi@hotmail.com

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

Washington, DC — Today, 28 organizations that support the advancement of public health, as well as the successful continuation of the peace process in Colombia, urged President Obama to voice U.S. support for Colombia’s right to grant a compulsory license on an expensive leukemia drug.

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HAI/KEI intervention at the WHA69 on the negotiations on an R&D agreement

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 13:35

The following is the intervention on behalf of Stichting Health Action International (HAI) at 69th World Health Assembly, Agenda Item 16.2: Follow-up to the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination - Report of the open-ended meeting of Member States.

KEI worked with HAI on the statement, and it was delivered by James Love

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Sens. Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders send letter to USTR condemning pressure on Colombia compulsory license for cancer drug

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 18:36

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

In response to reports of USTR pressure on Colombia's potential compulsory license for imatinib, Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have sent a letter to USTR objecting "to any efforts to protect the public health of Colombians in a way that is appropriate, effective, and consistent with the country's trade and public health obligations," and condemning as unconscionable "that any representatives of the U.S. government would threaten to rescind funding for Colombia's peace iniative if a compulsory license for Glivec were issued."

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15 House Dems Press USTR to Clarify Position on Compulsory Licensing of cancer drug patent in Colombia

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 14:13

Yesterday, fifteen House Democrats sent a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman at the United States Trade Representative to express serious concern that the United States officials have been pressuring Colombia to abandon the process of issuing a compulsory license on imatinib. The letter can be read here.

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Senator Hatch Defends Pressure on Colombia in Interview Regarding Imatinib

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 18:13

Yesterday, Colombia’s W Radio aired an interview with Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, where he was asked about the reports of pressure on Colombia from the Senate Finance Committee, which he chairs, with regard to the compulsory license process for the expensive leukemia drug, imatinib.

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WHA 69: Colombian Minister of Health Calls on WHO to Support the Regulation of Drug Monopolies

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:58

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

On May 24, 2016, Colombia's Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria, made an intervention at the World Health Assembly that referred to the pressure Colombia has been facing with regard to the potential compulsory license for imatinib and called for the WHO to support members to ensure sustainable development through the regulation of pharmaceutical monopolies and promoting competition, transparency, and the rational use of drugs.

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

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 16:01

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.

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13 non-profits urge Senate HELP Committee to block floor amendments to 21st Century Cures Act counterpart

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 20:39

Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) presents a legislative package of healthcare reforms to the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote, 13 consumer, patient and health non-profit groups sent a letter to HELP Chairman and Ranking Member to ensure that the final legislative package includes only those bills that the HELP Committee reviewed in mark-up sessions.

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122 experts defend Colombia's right to issue compulsory license on imatinib in face of U.S. pressure

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 17/05/2016 - 18:55

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

On May 16, 2016, 122 health, trade, and intellectual property experts defended the Colombian government's right to issue a compulsory license on imatinib, an expensive leukemia drug that is being sold at a high price by the Swiss drug company Novartis, in a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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SCCR32 Day 4: Contributions of the SCCR to the implementation of the respective Development Agenda recommendations

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 10:57

Chair: And I will first invite Nigeria, on behalf of the African Group, to briefly introduce this Agenda Item. Nigeria has the floor.

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SCCR32 Day 4 Strong statement on education by the American University PIJIP

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 09:25


Speaking on behalf of the American University programme on information justice and Intellectual Property. And I speak as an educator myself and also on behalf of a larger network that I coordinate called the global expert network on user rights which is a network of educators.

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SCCR 32 Day 4 Africa Group Statement regarding support for L&E for education, research and people with other disabilities

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 13/05/2016 - 08:40

On the last day of the SCCR 32, the group statements on the topic of education, teaching, research and people with other disabilities are not surprising. Group B and CEBS do not want to engage in normative work. Grulac and the Africa Group are eloquent and remind all of us that development depends on education and knowledge. The Africa Group is also requesting the Chair provide a chart of the issues to be duscussed as well as regional meetings on the topic.

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April 28, 2016 letter regarding US Senate Finance threats over compulsory license on Novartis cancer drug patents

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 16:25

Update: english translation of letter now available at end this blog.

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SCCR 32: EIFL.NET on Orphan works

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:50

>> EIFL.NET: I will start with retracted and withdrawn works. So libraries and archives have a mandate to pre seven public record for the future. In the analog aenvironment exhaustion to the distribution right provides legal means to insure its basic operation. If an Article in a print journal is withdrawn for any reason, the library has the hard copy to preserve and provide access for research or scholarship subject to preservation exceptions.

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SCCR 32: SAA Statement on Orphan Works

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 12/05/2016 - 14:40


>> SAA: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Orphan works, what an appropriate name for the stuff of everyday life that we all create? Diaries, business memos and photographs that we never bother to mark with our own names. Most of it created with no commercial intent. However, these are the very documents that make archives invaluable for research and study.

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