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Gilead grants license to medicines pool, devil is in details

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Thu, 07/28/2011

Published in SUNS #7195 Thursday 21 July 2011

London/New Delhi, 20 Jul (Sangeeta Shashikant and K. M. Gopakumar) -- There are mixed reactions to the first licensing agreement between Gilead Sciences, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a Swiss foundation, for the production of some HIV/AIDS medicines.

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Sangeeta Shashikant and K. M. Gopakumar / Third World Network
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Praise for Ecuador's grant of compulsory license for AIDS drug

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Tue, 05/04/2010

Published in SUNS #6915 dated 30 April 2010

Geneva, 29 Apr (Kanaga Raja) -- Civil society organizations have praised a recent decision by the Ecuadorian government to issue its first compulsory license for lopinavir/ritonavir, a key medication in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Welcoming the move by Ecuador, the civil society groups called on other governments in the Latin American region to use compulsory licenses and parallel importation to improve access to essential medicines.

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Award Announcement: HIV and AIDS Award on home based leadership

Cordaid and Partners reward Home Based Care Leadership in responding to HIV and AIDS. Win up to 15.000 Euro!

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AIDS has changed the fabric of communities around the world and placed a burden on the lives of many people, especially girls and women, young and old. With health systems failing and people living longer with HIV thanks to access to Antiretrovirals (ARVs), mainly poor women, are increasingly forced to devote their time, energy, skills and the little resources to care for their family members at home and provide their services to the wider community, often at great expense to themselves. This invisible task-shifting is insufficiently recognised, valued and validated as work.

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Calling for the Global Action Week Against Roche!

Korean patients and activists are calling for "The Global Action Week Against Roche 1st-7th October 2008" to urge Roche to stop abuse their power and threaten HIV patients, starting with October 1st, the anniversary day of establishment of Roche.

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Korean activists
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The PHM Sri Lanka is launching a Policy Statement on HIV/AIDS

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Mon, 01/14/2008
Following a decision taken at a Workshop held on 11 December 2007 under the guidance of ILO Resource personnel to prepare and finalize a Policy on HIV/AIDS, Sri Lanka People's Health Movement (PHM) has completed this task.

We have decided to launch the Policy on Saturday, 19 January 2008 at 10.00 a.m. at the Nagarodaya Centre in Borella, Colombo 8.

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Sirimal Peiris, on behalf of People's Health Movement Sri Lanka
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Boycott Novartis campaign

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Sat, 08/25/2007

Drug Action Forum - Karnataka, India - an independent, not for profit, NGO campaigning for rational drugs has launched "Novartis Boycott" campaign.



So please sign the online Petition Against Novartis at

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Drug Action Forum - Karnataka

Stop Bargaining over Life! - A statement of Korean NGOs on the Common Action Day

In January, the Government of Thailand ordered compulsory license on three pharmaceutical substances including Kaletra (Abbott). Thailand is running 'Thai Program of Universal Subsidized Access to AIDS Treatment' from 2004 and 80 thousand patients are benefited from this program. Drugs for second-line treatment are about 14 times more expensive than the first-line drugs. Thereforesecuring inexpensive second-line drug is essential for the success of this program. If Thailand cannot supply these medicines, many patients would have to die.

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KFHR
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WHO Chief's Stand on Generic Drugs Slammed

BANGKOK, Feb 2 (IPS) - Civil society and humanitarian groups slammed the new head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the sidelines of a meeting here, after she appeared to favour the interests of pharmaceutical giants over the plight of the sick and the poor in the developing world.

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Marwaan Macan-Markar
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Sign-on to help protect access to affordable medicines

Pharmaceutical company Novartis is taking the Indian government to court. If the company wins, millions of people across the globe could have their sources of affordable medicines dry up.

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MSF
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EU Commission misleading on the access to generics

The European Union Commission has, according to its press release today, urged the EU to accept amendments to WTO Agreement on Intellectual Property, which it says would pave the way to provide wider access to generic medicine. Médecins Sans Frontières describes this as utterly 'misleading'.

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Abraham Thomas
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NGOs urge EFTA countries not to endanger public health, food security and development in Thailand

In a letter addressed to EFTA-trade and foreign ministers, 50 organisations urged the trade association member states to drop provisions from a free trade agreement with Thailand that would restrict access to cheap medicines and credit and limit farmers rights. A second round of negotiations is taking place this week in Thailand. The undersigning NGOs fear that a free trade agreement between EFTA and Thailand could have a negative impact on Thai society.

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NGO statement
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US-Thai Free Trade Negotiations Threaten Access to Medicines; Activists Demand End to TRIPS-plus IP provisions

Jan. 9, 2006. Thai AIDS activists and their international allies are seeking suspension of scheduled trade talks that threaten to undermine Thailand's lawful ability to produce, import/export, and market low-cost generic versions of life-saving medicines. Today, in Chiang Mai, the United States and Thailand are scheduled to start the Sixth Round of negotiations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement and for the first time are holding discussions on a U.S. proposal to dramatically increase intellectual property protections for pharmaceutical products. Simultaneously, ten thousand Thai activists, half of them living with HIV, are protesting the scheduled talks and trying to shut them down, promising to sleep overnight outside the meeting venue for three nights and to block entry to the negotiations.

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International NGO Solidarity Statement
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HIV/AIDS: An Emergency that Demands an Integrated Analysis

From the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, the primary concept for understanding the epidemiology of HIV infection, and particularly for explaining its rapid dissemination and high prevalence rates, has been individual behavior, whether implicitly or explicitly stated.

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Dr. Arturo Quizhpe P., Coordinador MSPL
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