The MPP’s patents and licences database, MedsPaL, is a resource that provides information on the intellectual property status of selected HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other patented essential medicines in low- and middle-income countries.
Geneva, 28 July 2018 - The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) welcomes the new global guidelines for the care and treatment of persons diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection published today by the World Health Organization. These guidelines recommend treating all people aged 12 and above living with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (with the exception of pregnant women) and recommends the use of pan-genotypic regimens.
The MPP signed a licence agreement for pan-genotypic direct-acting antiviral daclatasvir (DAC) and its combinations with Bristol-Myers Squibb in November 2015. Since then, ten generic manufacturing partners of the MPP signed a licence to produce lower-cost versions of these products for sale in 112 low- and middle-income countries.
Four MPP licensees have already filed daclatasvir (DAC) 30mg and 60mg for regulatory approval through the WHO Prequalification Program and three more plan to do so in 2019. One manufacturer has already received approval from the Expert Review Pan...
Strategy and Related Feasibility Study Call for the Expansion of the MPP’s Mandate to Patented Medicines on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines
Geneva, 24 May 2018 — The Medicines Patent Pool Foundation (MPP) released its five-year strategic plan during a side event at the 71st World Health Assembly this evening. The strategy calls for renewed efforts to reach people living with HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with better-adapted, affordable medicines.
Based on a feasibility study also presented at the MPP-partner event, The Path to Universal Health Coverage: Access to Affordable Treatments, the plan supports the expansion of the MPP model to other patented medicines with high medical value, starting with small molecules on the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines (EML).
“Over the past eight years, the MPP has made significant inroads in supporting the scale-up of new antiretrovirals, as well as curative...
Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)
Agenda Item: 11.6 Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property
The Medicines Patent Pool welcomes the report by the Director-General on the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPOA). Over the past 10 years, the Global Strategy has provided a very important roadmap on strategies to promote innovation, access and technology transfer.
The MPP itself is a good example of Strategy implementation. At the time of the Strategy’s adoption, a patent pool in public health to facilitate innovation and access was an interesting idea that may have seemed ambitious to many. Today, MPP, an organization funded by Unitaid, has grown to become a critical component of the international response to HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis.
The document recommends expansion of the MPP to other diseases or technologies. A focus on essential medicines represents an i...
“WHO welcomes the announcement that the Medicines Patent Pool is expanding its mandate to include patented medicines on WHO’s Model List of Essential Medicines in its patent pooling and voluntary licensing initiatives. It is a welcome and significant step f...”
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