On February 6, 2018, UACT and 43 other organizations sent a letter to leaders in Congress, urging them to increase patients access to generic drugs by passing the CREATES Act. When the FDA registers a brand name drug, it sometimes requires the manufacturer to submit a risk management strategy (called REMS), containing a plan for how the drug will be managed in order to ensure that the benefits to patients outweigh the potential risks of side effects or adverse outcomes. These protocols can include restrictions on how and to whom the drugs can be distributed, for example saying that a drug can only be dispensedRead More →

On October 10, 2017, UACT and 22 NGOs working on cancer in South Africa, submitted comments to the South Africa on the Draft South Africa IP Policy. A PDF of the letter is available here: UACT-S.Africa-IPpolicy-10Oct2017 The text of the submission follows: October 10, 2017 The Honorable Dr. Rob Davies Minister of Trade and Industry 77 Meintjies Street Sunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa Re: Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property Dear Minister Davies, We write to you on behalf of the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), a union of people affected by cancer, their family members and friends, people who take care of peopleRead More →

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has responded on behalf of the University of California to UACT’s recent letters on the Xtandi (INN:enzalutamide) patent in India. In a letter sent by post dated September 7, 2017, received on September 19, 2017, (copy  here)Dr. John C. Mazziotta, the Vice Chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and the CEO of the UCLA Health System wrote to UACT, rejecting the request by UACT and others that the University abandon its appeal of a rejection of enzalutamide patent in India. Mazziotta did say “UC has brought to Medivation’s attention the concerns UACT has raised, ” but that wasRead More →

Today, September 13, 2017, Emily Leonard, a US Navy veteran and UC San Diego alumna, spoke on behalf of UACT and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines before the University of California Board of Regents.  Ms. Leonard delivered a copy of the letter sent to the Regents on May 24, 2017 asking the University of California to drop its pursuit of a patent on the prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (sold by Astellas as Xtandi) in India. The Board of Regents has yet to reply to the May 24, 2017 letter, or a follow-up letter sent on August 9, 2017 to Regents member Sherry Lansing. You canRead More →

Today, UACT submitted letters to the CEOs of three major pharmaceutical companies currently developing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) technologies.  UACT asked the leaders of Novartis, Gilead Sciences, and Juno Therapeutics to address questions regarding research and development (R&D) costs, federal-funding received, potential public health impact, and ensuring equitable and affordable access to CAR T treatments in the US and around the world. The first CAR T treatment was approved by the FDA yesterday, a treatment for leukemia in children and young adults produced by Novartis, and was quickly announced to carry a $475,000 price tag. As this new area of cancer-treating technologies emerges,Read More →