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Towards a Patent Pool for HIV Medicines: The Background

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dc.contributor Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Médecins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland
dc.creator Childs, Michelle
dc.date 2010-07-01
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:24:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:24:57Z
dc.identifier Open AIDS J. 2010 Jan 19;4:33-6
dc.identifier 1874-6136
dc.identifier 20148090
dc.identifier 10.2174/1874613601004020033
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/114125
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/114125
dc.identifier The Open AIDS journal
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/114125
dc.description Recent WHO guidelines for antiretroviral therapy recommend switching to less toxic, but more expensive medicines for first-line and second-line ART, raising questions about the financial sustainability of many AIDS treatment programmes. At the same time, many key generic producing countries such as India now grant pharmaceutical product patents so competition between multiple manufacturers will not be able to play the role it has in bringing down the price of newer drugs.Overcoming these patent barriers will require a range of solutions, such as restricting patentability criteria, or compulsory licensing. One additional systematic solution is provided by the patent pool, a collective solution to the management of patent rights, initially presented by Médecins Sans Frontières to the French Foreign Ministry and subsequently the UNITAID Executive Board in 2006.A patent pool must not be implemented at any costs, but answer medical needs, be based on economic realities and meet the access needs of the developing world, including middle-income countries.
dc.language en
dc.relation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2817875/?tool=pubmed
dc.rights Archived with thanks to The Open AIDS Journal
dc.title Towards a Patent Pool for HIV Medicines: The Background
dc.type Article

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