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Eminent Academics: IGWG Delegates Should Explore New Mechanisms to Correct Current Deficiencies in Medicine System

April 28, 2008
Contact: Ethan Guillen, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
ethan.guillen@essentialmedicine.org

Eminent Academics: IGWG Delegates Should Explore New Mechanisms to Correct Current Deficiencies in Medicine System

Today eminent academics including Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Sir John Sulston and Dr. Jim Kim of Partners in Health and Harvard University called on World Health Organization delegates to the Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property to consider innovative mechanisms to correct current deficiencies in the access and innovation system.

Speaking of proposals currently under discussion at the IGWG in a joint statement titled, “Making Innovation and Tech Transfer Work for Global Health: The University’s Role and Responsibility to Society,” the signatories wrote:

“These proposals include a treaty on bio-medical R&D and new incentive mechanisms for R&D that would use prizes as incentives for research (including both voluntary open licensing or non-voluntary mechanisms). These ideas, while varied and plausibly contestable in their details, all fall well within the types of solutions that are the result of significant research on the economics of innovation and access.”

The statement also calls on delegates to the IGWG negotiation to consider new solutions to current deficiencies in the drug development and access system stating, “[W]e encourage the Intergovernmental Working Group to support the exploration of new and innovative mechanisms that seek to correct the deficiencies of the current system.”

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines joins in this call and in particular would urge consideration of the Barbados and Bolivian proposals on prize funds and the R&D treaty.

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April 29, 2008 - Posted by | News

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