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S. Ward Casscells, Pentagon Medical Chief, Praised Army Role in Xtandi Development

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 21/06/2016 - 17:22

Dr. S. Ward Casscells took the stage at the 2011 Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today (IMPaCT) Meeting as a prostate cancer patient, a doctor, an Army Reserve colonel, and the former top doctor for the Pentagon. There, he praised the central role of the Department of Defense in bringing important prostate cancer medicines to market, including Xtandi (referred to by its experimental name, MDV3100), an expensive prostate cancer drug that was funded from basic research through phase I and II clinical trials by taxpayer and charitable funds.

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NIH to taxpayers — we don't care about high prices in US for Xtandi.

Knowledge Ecology International - Mon, 20/06/2016 - 17:40

National Institutes of Health Declines to Exercise Authority to Lower Xtandi Price
The National Institutes of Health will not use its rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to end the monopoly on the expensive prostate cancer drug Xtandi and allow low-priced generic versions to compete on the market.

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Human Rights Council heats up during informal talks on the primacy of human rights over international trade and IP regimes

Knowledge Ecology International - Sat, 18/06/2016 - 11:02

At the 32nd session (13 June 2016 - 1 July 2016) of the Human Rights Council, a bloc of countries known as the the Core Group (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand) have tabled a resolution on access to medicines "premised on the primacy of human rights over international trade, investment and intellectual property regimes." The draft resolution complements the work of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in reviewing and assessing “proposals and recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inven

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Colombia Issues Public Interest Declaration To Lower Price of Glivec

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 14/06/2016 - 19:02

Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria issued a declaration that it would be in the public interest for the government to lower the price of Novartis’ expensive leukemia drug, Gleevec (imatinib).

CONTACT: Andrew Goldman, +1 (202) 332-2670 or andrew.goldman@keionline.org

The following individuals are also available for comment:

  • Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas, Misión Salud: subdireccion@mision-salud.org
  • Dr. Francisco Rossi, IFARMA: francisco_rossi@hotmail.com

Washington, DC, June 17, 2016 — Colombian Minister of Health Alejandro Gaviria today issued Resolution 2475 of 2016, declaring that it would be in the public interest for the government of Colombia to lower the price of an expensive leukemia drug. The Ministry of Health describes this resolution as unprecedented in Colombia.

The drug, imatinib, is marketed as Glivec in Colombia by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis at a price of approximately $15,000 per patient per year, nearly twice the average income of a Colombian resident. Glivec has generated over $47 billion in global revenue for Novartis.

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Novartis complaints over public interest declaration debunked

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 17:06

More on this dispute at http://keionline.org/colombia

In response to the recent announcement from Colombia's Ministry of Health that a public interest declaration regarding imatinib will be issued in a matter of days, Novartis issued a statement that criticized the forthcoming action, saying, "We have consistently said that Declarations of Public Interest can be important and legitimate tools to be used only in exceptional circumstances," and saying "this is simply not the case in Colombia."

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US Chamber of Commerce defends Swiss drug company charging excessive prices in Colombia

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 14:29
David Hirschmann, US Chamber, claims efforts to curb high prices for cancer drugs are "a destructive course."

The US Chamber of Commerce might consider renaming itself the US/Swiss Chamber of Commerce, after their most recent attack on the Colombia Minister of Health (MoH) announcement that a "Declaration of Public Interest" would be issued for the patents on the cancer drug imatinib, held by the Swiss company Novartis. In the US Chamber's defense of the Swiss drug company, they don't mention the fact that Novartis has earned about $48 billion from sales of imatinib (sold by Novartis under the brand names Gleevec or Glivec) since the drug was put on the market, including more than $380 million per month in 2015.

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Alfred Engelberg and Aaron Kesselheim in Nature on Bayh-Dole royalty free rights in patents, Xtandi case

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:33

Alfred Engelberg and Aaron Kesselheim have published an opinion article in Nature titled:

"Use the Bayh-Dole Act to lower drug prices for government healthcare programs," Nature Medicine 22, 576 (2016) doi:10.1038/nm0616-576, Published online 07 June 2016.
http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v22/n6/abs/nm0616-576.html

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Colombia Ministry of Health Announces that Negotiations With Novartis Have Failed; Declaration of Public Interest Imminent

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 20:38

Reports have emerged from a DNDi meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the Colombian Ministry of Health announced that negotiations with Novartis over the price of Glivec have failed, and that Minister Alejandro Gaviria will proceed with the formal declaration that a compulsory license for the patents on the drug is in the public interest.

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US proposal to seek a "better understanding" of Switzerland's implementation of the Nagoya Protocol receives chilly reception

Knowledge Ecology International - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 08:21

*The author thanks Professor Marc Perlman (Brown University) for his comprehensive notes on the IGC deliberations of 3 June 2016.

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WIPO IGC30: Narrowing existing gaps relating to the protection of genetic resources?

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 03/06/2016 - 10:26

By Sophia Simon

This week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (GRTKF) from 30 May 2016 to 3 June 2016. The goal of this week’s session is to "[u]ndertake negotiations on [genetic resources] GRs with a focus on addressing unresolved issues" and to consider "options for a draft legal instrument." The Committee is chaired by Ian Goss (Australia).

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WIPO IGC30: Clean and track-changed version of Facilitators' text on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 10:04

In October 2015 the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) renewed the mandate of the the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (GRTKF):

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HAI/KEI intervention at the WHA69 on the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors

Knowledge Ecology International - Sun, 29/05/2016 - 12:16

The following is the intervention on behalf of Stichting Health Action International (HAI) at 69th World Health Assembly, Agenda Item 11.3 - Framework of engagement with non-State actors.

KEI worked with HAI on the statement, and the statement was delivered by Thiru Balasubramaniam

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WHA69: Resolution WHA69.23 on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D

Knowledge Ecology International - Sat, 28/05/2016 - 07:28

Saturday, 28 May 2016

WHA69: Resolution WHA69.23 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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