Claiming over one million lives each year, viral hepatitis is one of the world’s major public health challenges and disproportionately affects people living in low- and middle-income countries. Therefore access to safe, quality-assured treatments, affordable for all, has to be the fundamental aim of the public health community. This is a big step in that direction [licence agreement on hepatitis C treatment glecaprevir/pibrentasvir]. The next step is to see more territories included in the agreement. Each step makes the dream of hepatitis C elimination more real.
Raquel Peck, CEO, World Hepatitis Alliance 12 November 2018
ECUO PLWH, a regional network of communities living with HIV across 15 Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries, welcomes the extension of the MPP’s licence for bictegravir, tenofovir and other HIV medicines to include Ukraine and Belarus, countries that face numerous barriers to the access of inexpensive generic forms of HIV medicines. ECUO supports the strategy of the Medicines Patent Pool to scale up access to HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis medicines for our countries.
Vladimir Zhovtyak, President of ECUO PLWH (East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV) 04 October 2017
The availability of generic atazanavir will bring more treatment options for PLHIV in Indonesia. Considering that atazanavir has lower pill counts and more favourable effects on lipid levels than existing protease inhibitors used in-country, its availability is beneficial.
Edo Agustian, National Coordinator, Indonesia Drug User Network 25 July 2017
This [expansion of the BMS atazanavir licence] is great news for Malaysia as it provides a very interesting option for affordable second-line treatment.
Edward Low, Director of the Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+) 25 July 2017
Since the first company (Gilead) joined in 2012, the MPP has been the central independent driver of access-oriented licensing in the pharma industry. Companies with the most pro-access criteria in their agreed licences have all negotiated agreements through the MPP (AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, GSK and Merck & Co., Inc.).
Access to Medicine Index 01 November 2016
This is an important milestone in the treatment of hepatitis C and we congratulate BMS and the MPP on their agreement to bring essential medicines to low- and middle-income countries at affordable prices. Going forward we urge the MPP and other pharmaceutical companies to include more hepatitis C medicines in the patent pool in order to eliminate one of the world’s leading health concerns
Raquel Peck, CEO, World Hepatitis Alliance 01 November 2015
We are delighted that ViiV has reacted positively to our request and has included Ukraine into the MPP licence for paediatric abacavir, an important medicine for children living with HIV. Given the current situation in Ukraine, initiatives that result in access to lower priced ARVs are particularly important.
All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS 01 November 2014
With only one in four children living with HIV currently getting treatment, we cannot continue to do business as usual” (…). “We congratulate MPP and Gilead on this expanded collaboration and their proactive efforts to support countries and populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS. This is the kind of innovative action that we need now to protect the health of affected children and in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
Charles Lyons, President and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation 01 July 2014
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCR) and shareholders are applauding Roche on its recent agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP). […] Shareholders consider the MPP to be an important program to help address the access to medicines issues thus facilitating efforts of pharmaceutical companies to meet their moral obligation to the health needs of the world’s most vulnerable.
Interfaith Center on Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCR) 01 August 2013
Central to our vision at AbbVie is developing therapies, such as our pan-genotypic HCV treatment, for the most serious diseases and providing access to those treatments. We are pleased to have reached today’s agreement [Licence agreement on hepatitis C treatment glecaprevir/pibrentasvir] with the MPP.
Laura Schumacher, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, AbbVie 12 November 2018
Arene Lifesciences is happy to work with the Medicines Patent Pool and play a critical role in improving health outcomes through affordability of and access to this important HIV treatment [DTG].
S. Gopi Krishnan, Director, Arene Lifesciences 02 May 2018
We are pleased to support active pharmaceutical ingredient development of this key HIV medicine and look forward to working with the Medicines Patent Pool to bring new DTG formulations to market soon.
Govardhan M Dhoot, Chairman and Managing Director, Mangalam Drugs 02 May 2018
Dolutegravir combinations are the future of HIV treatment and Langhua Pharma recognises the crucial importance of increasing the volume of low-cost versions to help meet treatment scale-up targets globally.
Zhang Weidong, General Manager, Langhua Pharma 02 May 2018
Adcock Ingram, local pharmaceutical manufacturer in South Africa and one of the suppliers to the public sector, is proud to be partnering with the MPP to bring this essential antiretroviral to people living with HIV in our country. DTG is widely used in the treatment of HIV and its introduction in countries hardest hit by HIV could greatly improve treatment quality and standard of care.
Andy Hall, CEO, Adcock Ingram 02 May 2018
Chronic hepatitis C affects approximately 71 million people globally, with Egypt suffering from one of the highest burdens. Ravidasvir, in combination with other hepatitis C treatments, could support new national as well as global goals to eliminate the virus.
Dr. Sherine Helmy, CEO, Pharco Pharmaceuticals 21 April 2017
We are happy to work together with the MPP and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to improve health outcomes by providing access to new and affordable therapies to developing countries.
Pankaj R. Patel, Zydus Chairman and Managing Director 01 July 2016
Desano welcomes the opportunity of supporting increased volumes of this crucial treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, and specifically for South Africa, which has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world.
Tun Guo, Desano Director and Company Secretary 01 July 2016
ViiV Healthcare has worked with the Medicines Patent Pool for many years and we are pleased to continue our work with the organisation to further improve access to innovative medicines to address the burden of HIV. It is also a great testament to the success we have had working with the MPP that GSK is now looking at expanding this collaboration for access to medicines beyond HIV treatments.
Dominique Limet, CEO, ViiV Healthcare 01 April 2016
The MPP is an innovative mechanism for increasing access to both patented pipeline and existing medicines (…) Our three-year collaboration has been very successful thus far. Countries eligible for generic competition for TDF (tenofovir dixoproxil fumarate), for example, have increased dramatically to the ultimate benefit of many national treatment programmes in key resource-limited countries.
Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs for Gilead Sciences 01 July 2014
We are excited about both the public health and business opportunities provided by the Patent Pool licences. Aurobindo looks forward to increasing its manufacture of HIV-related products, and expanding its work to cover promising new treatments, for the millions of people living with HIV across the globe.
P.V. Ramaprasad Reddy, Chairman, Aurobindo 01 October 2011
The MPP model fits the Swiss approach to improving access because it promotes voluntary, collaborative solutions with the pharmaceutical industry for reducing prices of essential patented products, while ensuring the quality of those medicines, and protection of intellectual property rights. This is why we support the MPP in the realisation of its expansion programme.
Alex Schulze, Co-Head of the Global Programme Health, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 03 December 2018
The Government of Pakistan warmly welcomes the agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and AbbVie to expand access to glecaprevir/pibrentasvir – a very important therapy for the treatment of HCV [hepatitis C] – into territories including Pakistan. The HCV burden in Pakistan is endemic, affecting over eight million of our country’s population and the prevention and treatment of HCV is a national priority. This agreement will considerably aid our efforts and, ultimately, accelerate the permanent elimination of the HCV virus.
Mr Aamer Mehmood Kianai, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Government of Pakistan 12 November 2018
Successful cooperation of the Ministry of Health of Belarus with the Medicines Patent Pool is crucial in light of our current work to achieve the “90-90-90” goals and put an end to the epidemic in the country which is only possible when access to affordable and quality assured medicines is increased. Generic Bictegravir as well as other medicines for treating HIV, which Belarus will be able to procure due to the MPP’s agreement, are very much needed for the country.
Valery Malashko, Minister of Health of Belarus 04 October 2017
We are grateful for MPP efforts to ensure the availability and quality of guaranteed HIV treatment for Ukrainian patients and we hope to further expand access to innovative medicines for the treatment of HIV infections, viral hepatitis C and tuberculosis.
Dr. Ulana Suprun, Minister of Health, Ukraine 25 July 2017
The inclusion of Morocco in the MPP-ViiV licence on dolutegravir is great news for us.  Dolutegravir is a very interesting new treatment that could play an important role in the HIV response in our country.  Having access to the drug at affordable prices is key and we congratulate both parties for this important  agreement.
Houssaine Louardi, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of MOROCCO 01 April 2016
PEPFAR [the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] applauds the new MSD licence as part of international efforts to greatly improve the lives of infants and children living with HIV/AIDS. Without antiretroviral treatment, 50 percent of infants living with HIV/AIDS will die by the age of two, and 80 percent by the age of five.
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. United States Global AIDS Coordinator and United States Representative for Global Health Diplomacy 01 February 2015
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France expresses its solidarity with the 35 million people living with HIV. It welcomes the signing – announced today – of a new agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and the laboratory AbbVie. This will provide access, at an affordable price, to antiretroviral drugs for children (lopinavir/ritonavir).  
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development 01 December 2014
Of the 3.2 million children with HIV in the world, more than 90% live in sub-Saharan Africa with South Africa bearing a significantly high burden. (…) New adapted treatments of LPV/r and other medicines are urgently needed to end the HIV paediatric crisis. We are thus very pleased with the [MPP-AbbVie] agreement signed today.
South African Minister of Health, Aaron Mostoaledi 01 December 2014
We support the engagement of all relevant organizations, such as WHO, UNAIDS, Gavi, the Global Fund, and Unitaid and initiatives, including the recent expansion of the Medicines Patent Pool, in their work to improve access for all to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential health products.
G20 Health Ministers' Declaration, Okayama, Japan 20 October 2019
With the help of partners like the MPP, the Global Fund has accelerated access to key new products in the countries it supports, putting 18.9 million people on antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2018, and providing more than 83% of HIV-positive mothers with ARV therapy to keep them alive and prevent transmission of the virus to their babies, up from just 1% in 2000.
Philippe Francois, Head of Sourcing & Supply Chain – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 03 October 2019
It is fundamental that countries willing to provide greater access to essential medicines can refer to a reliable up-to-date database like MedsPaL to check the patent status of the medicines they want to procure. Access to medicines is certainly an important pillar of Universal Health Coverage and MedsPaL supports its efficient implementation at country level.
Nicola Magrini, Secretary of the WHO Essential Medicines List 02 October 2019
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a public health organization funded by Unitaid, has played a significant role in facilitating affordable access to essential medicines in the field of HIV and HCV through its public health oriented licences with originator companies. To date, the MPP has licences on 14 medicines on the WHO EML. Licensing through the MPP of patented essential medicines for the treatment of tuberculosis (e.g. bedaquiline) would also be a welcome contribution to improving access. The recent expansion of the MPP to other patented essential medicines beyond HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis represents a real opportunity to facilitate affordable access to some of the new medicines that have been added to the list this year in low and middle-income countries. Licensing through the MPP could, for example, contribute to facilitating access to some of the cancer medicines, the novel oral anticoagulants, the new antibiotics and the heat-stable formulation of carbetocin. In the case of cancer, it would be important that the MPP also explore the application of its model to biotherapeutics so as to facilitate early entry of biosimilars through voluntary licensing agreements in low and middle-income countries. (Report from the 22nd WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines - p.15)
22nd WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines 09 July 2019
We support the engagement of all relevant international organizations, such as WHO, and initiatives, including the recent expansion of the Medicines Patent Pool, in their work to improve access for all to safe, effective, quality, affordable and essential health products.
G7 Health Ministers’ Declaration at the G7 Health Ministerial Session 17 May 2019
Since 2012, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has become the main driving force behind quality, proactive voluntary licensing in the pharmaceutical industry (see Figure 30). The Foundation has consistently found that the transparency and flexibility of terms and conditions is highest when the MPP is involved.
Access to Medicine Foundation 16 May 2019
I am honoured to be invited to represent the WHO on the MPP’s Governance Board. Access to essential medicines is fundamental to the ability of everyone to achieve the highest attainable standard of health and core to the Sustainable Development Goal of promoting well-being for all at all ages. I look forward to contributing to the MPP’s development in this area.
Dr Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, Assistant Director-General for Drug Access, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, the World Health Organization 06 March 2019
Two billion people worldwide lack access to life-changing treatments – including medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools. Wellcome spends around £1 billion each year to support research and drive reform to improve health for people around the world. The full benefits of innovations to improve health can only be realised if they reach the people who need them, especially those living in low- and middle-income countries. Practices such as voluntary licensing, patent pooling and equitable pricing are fundamental to increasing access to prevention, treatment and care. We are pleased to support the MPP in its efforts to speed access in low- and middle-income countries.
Alex Harris, Head of Global Policy at The Wellcome Trust 07 December 2018
The MPP continues to be the central independent driver of access-oriented licensing in the pharmaceutical industry. Licences agreed via the MPP include the majority of the access-oriented terms and conditions looked for by the Index. Non-exclusive licences agreed outside of the MPP include an average of five out of eight of such access-oriented terms. They most commonly do not include waivers on data exclusivity. Out of the 20 licensed compounds captured by the Index, 13 were negotiated via the MPP.
Access to Medicines Index 20 November 2018
Unitaid aims to maximise the public health response by enabling equitable access to better health for all. We welcome this agreement [licence agreement on hepatitis C treatment glecaprevir/pibrentasvir] between the MPP – a Unitaid grantee – and AbbVie that will accelerate a more effective HCV response worldwide.
Lelio Marmora, Executive Director, Unitaid 12 November 2018
The new agreement [licence agreement on hepatitis C treatment glecaprevir/pibrentasvir] is an important step towards achieving elimination of hepatitis C worldwide. We urge national governments to take action now to make such curative treatments available for the millions of people in need.
Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of Department of HIV and Global Hepatitis Programme, World Health Organization 12 November 2018
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 forward toward improving access to affordable medicines and this is why we strongly advocated for the expansion of the MPP’s mandate.
Dr. Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General, WHO 24 May 2018
We strongly endorse the new strategy to further improve treatment options for HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis patients. Since its creation, the Medicines Patent Pool has played a valuable role in supporting international efforts to increase access to priority medicines in resource-limited countries.
Lelio Marmora, Executive Director, Unitaid 24 May 2018
Unitaid strongly supports the TB Alliance-Medicines Patent Pool collaboration to jump-start the clinical development of the new tuberculosis treatment sutezolid. This World Tuberculosis Day, we must re-double efforts to find better, faster-acting treatment solutions, especially for resistant forms of the disease.
Lelio Marmora, Executive Director, Unitaid 24 March 2017
After 5 years of operation of the MPP, millions of people have benefited and impressive financial savings have been achieved. The Commission concludes that there is great potential for expanding access to other new essential medicines through licensing of patents through patent pooling.
The Lancet Commissions on Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage 01 November 2016
To allow a competitive market, license agreements need to cover a broad territory, be non-exclusive, and include a number of generics-producing companies. They should be made public and ideally be negotiated through the Medicines Patent Pool to ensure transparency, and include pro-competitive, public health-friendly terms and conditions. View More
Global report on access to Hepatitis C Treatment 16 October 2016
The level of transparency in licensing agreements executed by the UNITAID-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), in which all licences are publicly available, is laudable and rare. Voluntary licences can be an important enabler of treatment access. For example, in less than four years, licences negotiated through the MPP are estimated to have generated US$ 120 million in savings globally and supplied seven million patient-years of WHO-recommended ARV medicines.
United Nations High Level Panel on Access to Medicines 01 September 2016
The demand for affordable HIV treatment has resulted in comprehensive price reduction strategies for HIV medicines that may be applied to other medicines, diagnostics and health commodities. Strategies include fostering generic competition, including through, where appropriate, voluntary licences that include pro-access terms and conditions such as those negotiated by the Medicines Patent Pool. View More
WHO Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV, 2016–2021 01 June 2016
We, Heads of Government and representatives of States and Governments, welcome the broadening of the scope of work of the Medicines Patent Pool, hosted by UNITAID, to promote voluntary partnerships to address Hepatitis C and tuberculosis, reflecting the importance of integrating the AIDS response into the broader global health agenda. Vie More
United Nations General Assembly, Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS 01 June 2016
The Medicines Patent Pool was established following a recommendation of the WHO Global strategy and plan of action for public health, innovation and intellectual property. The Pool, which marks its fifth anniversary this year, has produced a remarkable track record in using license agreements to improve access to HIV treatments in middle-income as well as low-income countries. I welcome the intention of this Pool to extend its work to negotiate licensing agreements that expand access to tuberculosis and hepatitis C treatments. View More
Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General: Addressing Symposium on Intellectual Property and Trade 01 October 2015
Unitaid applauds today’s agreement by ViiV and the MPP to address the specific needs of children living with HIV. Incorporating palatable, child-friendly medicine options into paedriatic HIV programmes could significantly enhance and prolong children’s lives.
Philippe Douste Blazy, Chair, Unitaid 01 April 2014
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the new collaboration between the Medicines Patent Pool and ViiV Healthcare to increase access to antiretroviral therapy for children. The new agreement is a significant step forwards in HIV treatment for children as very few antiretroviral drugs are formulated for paediatric use.
UNAIDS 01 February 2013
Voluntary use, where appropriate, of […] patent pools benefiting all developing countries, including through entities such as the Medicines Patent Pool, [is encouraged] to help reduce treatment costs and encourage development of new HIV treatment formulations, including HIV medicines and point-of-care diagnostics, in particular for children.
United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on HIV/Aids 01 June 2011
We welcome the Patent Pool Initiative launched by UNITAID in order to facilitate the production of affordable generic medicines well-adapted for use in resource-poor settings, and we encourage the voluntary participation of patent owners, private and public, in the project.
G8 Declaration: Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy 27 May 2011
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