Enabling access to essential medicines

AA223E52F461C165A873FD105E825289Health activists are demanding an international treaty on medical research and development (R&D) to speed up the creation of cheap medicines.

Outdated intellectual property (IP) regimes and market distortions hold back research on new medicines, activists said at a meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, held on 10 March in London, United Kingdom.

“We do our R&D in an IP system that has created a hugely wasteful process,” said Els Torreele, the director of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative of grant-making network the Open Society Foundations. “We could do so much better if we weren’t limiting ourselves to only innovating what we can also patent.”

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