US Supreme Court Adopts International Exhaustion For Patents: Paving the way for parallel imports to exert downward pressure on domestic pharmaceutical (and other) prices

Source : By Frederick M The Supreme Court of the United States on May 30, 2017 adopted a rule of international exhaustion of patent rights for the United States in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, No. 15-1189. The near-unanimous decision...

/ 1 June 2017

CRG Initiative and GFTAM Regioanl Platform: MENA Regional Civil Society Capacity Building and Dialogue Meeting

MENA Regional Civil Society Capacity Building and Dialogue Meeting CRG Strategic Initiative; MENA Regional Coordination and Communication Platform ITPC-MENA In line with the Global Fund 2017-2022 Strategy approved by the Global Fund Board in April 2016, the Global Fund has...

/ 31 May 2017

Access to medicines amendment of the WTO TRIPS Agreement– hype or hope?

By: Ellen ‘t Hoen, Global Health Unit Department of Health Sciences, UMCG Groningen, e.f.m.t.hoen@umcg.nl On 30 January the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced the first ever amendment to the TRIPS Agreement under the headline WTO members welcome entry into force of...

/ 5 April 2017

The HepC Pill Bill

Source : hepCoalition The HepC Pill Bill-An insight into the availability, pricing and accessibility of HCV treatment Introduction to Direct Acting Antivirals Hepatitis C treatment has remarkably evolved over the years. The previously known standard HCV regimen consisted of a...

/ 5 April 2017

M-Coalition launch a new guide: Key Population Engagement in Global Fund Country Dialogue CCMs and the 2017-­‐2019 funding cycle

Source : M-Colaition This resource guide is designed to assist civil society organizations in understanding how to access funding from the Global Fund (GF) and effectively engage in country dialogue through all the key stages. In 2014, the Global Fund’s...

/ 21 March 2017

Time is Ticking! Submission Dates for Global Fund Funding Requests

Know your timeline!  Submission dates for MENA Global Fund Funding Requests : Greetings from the Regional Communication and Coordination Platform for Middle East & North Africa, hosted by ITPC-MENA.  We are preparing a newsletter and series of briefs for you...

/ 10 March 2017

UN High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Takes Next Step At Human Rights Council

by Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch: The United Nations Human Rights Council held a panel discussion yesterday to exchange views on good practices and key challenges relevant to access to medicines. The panel gave a large part of the discussion...

/ 9 March 2017

Amendment of the TRIPS Agreement

WTO members on 6 December 2005 approved changes to the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement in order to make permanent a decision on patents and public health originally adopted in 2003. This was formally built into the TRIPS Agreement after...

/ 23 January 2017

Global Fund Notifies Countries on 2017-2019 Allocations

For the 2017-2019 allocation period, the Global Fund adopted a refined allocation methodology to deliver the aims of its 2017-2022 strategy and to increase the impact of country programs that prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB...

/ 21 December 2016

The Global Fund has a new Sustainability, Transition, and Co-financing Policy

Which means that for the next allocation period, the Global Fund will proactively support sustainability and transition planning, especially for upper middle income countries (UMICs) and low middle income countries (LMICs) with low or moderate disease burdens. Download the new...

/ 6 December 2016