Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

UAEM Executive Director Ethan Guillen Advocates the Right to Life-Saving Medicines to AAAS Science and the Human Rights Coalition

AAAS, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advocating science around the world, invited members of the Human Rights Coalition to explore the right to access live-saving medicines.

“While science has brought progress and prosperity to many, access to essential medicines, potable water, basic sanitation and other benefits remains elusive for vulnerable and marginalized populations, Guillen and others said at a meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition.

More than a third of the recently approved drugs to combat HIV/AIDS have had university patents associated with them, Guillen said. His group has been pressing schools to adopt “global access licensing” by which they agree that any medicines discovered as a result of their research will be licensed “with a concrete and transparent strategy to ensure affordable access in developing countries.””

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October 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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