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Access to Medicines Bill Clears Second Reading

C-393, a Private Member's bill designed to improve the current access to medicines legislation, has passed second reading in the House of Commons.  I wrote about the problems with the current system earlier this year.

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December 3, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Oxfam: ACTA Could Hurt Poor Countries

Oxfam has expressed concern about the impact of ACTA on poor countries and people. It rightly fears that the treaty could make it more difficult for the poor to access generic medicines.

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December 2, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Kenyan AIDS Patients Challenge Anti-Counterfeiting Law

IP Watch reports that three Kenyan AIDS patients have launched a constitutional challenge against that country's anti-counterfeiting legislation on the grounds that it may deny them access to generic medicines.

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July 8, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Goldstein Introduces Patent Reform Bill To Ease Access To Medicines

For many years, countries such as Canada have avoided the uncomfortable truth that millions are dying in the developing world due partly to legal barriers that render access to medicines unaffordable.  In 2003, the World Trade Organization reached agreement designed to facilitate the export of medicines by opening the door to a compulsory licence for developing countries without manufacturing capabilities. Canada became an early adopter of the agreement by reforming the Patent Act to allow the Canadian Commissioner of Patents to issue a compulsory licence to a pharmaceutical company to allow for the manufacture and export of an eligible drug or medical device to an eligible importing country. Titled the Jean Chretien Pledge to Africa Act after the former Prime Minister’s commitment to development support in Africa, the reforms were touted as an illustration of Canadian leadership on development issues.  

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that several years later, most agree the policy have been a near-total failure.  The law has only been used once and the company involved in the process found it so burdensome that it has vowed not to repeat it.  Moreover, other countries, including the European Union, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China, India and South Korea, have also implemented the WTO reforms in a manner that leaves the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) looking unduly restrictive and outdated by comparison.

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April 14, 2009 2 comments Columns

Patent Reform Would Ease Path For AIDS Medicines To Africa

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 13, 2009 as Easing the Passage of AIDS Medicines to Africa For many years, countries such as Canada have avoided the uncomfortable truth that millions are dying in the developing world due partly to legal barriers that render access to medicines unaffordable.  In […]

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April 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive