On December 12, 2017, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a United Nations-backed public health organisation with the mission to increase access to HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis treatments in low- and middle-income countries, made a welcome announcement for cancer patients: the expansion of MedsPaL. MedsPaL is a database created to provide information on the intellectual property status of priority medicines in developing countries, to patented treatments on the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), and its expansion is certainly a step in the right direction.   UACT was encouraged to see that data on patents for certain medicines to treat chronicRead More →

For the Chair of the Curie Institute in Paris, Prof. Thierry Philip, high prices of cancer medicines will soon be unsustainable. What should be done? His suggestions: transparency, delinkage and patients’ involvement. On October 24, 2017, Eric Favereau of Liberation interviewed the eminent Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Curie Institute in Paris, Professor Thierry Philip. The focus of the interview was how to control the unsustainable increase of cancer drug prices. The journalist asked many interesting questions that need to be asked, among them: was Prof. Thierry Philip worried about the cost of cancer drugs today? What would he recommend we doRead More →

The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment is asking Sherry Lansing, the former Paramount CEO and current member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, to stop the Regents’ efforts to obtain a patent on the prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (brand name Xtandi) in India. On May 24th, 2017, UACT was joined by 56 civil society organizations and academic experts in sending a letter to Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California system, and the Board of Regents of the University of California, requesting that they withdraw their efforts to obtain a patent on enzalutamide in India. Neither Napolitano’s office nor theRead More →

Time for cancer patients to come before corporate profits by Manon Ress, co founder and acting director of UACT First posted by MOHGA KAMAL-YANNI ON JUN 15TH, 2017 IN ACCESS TO MEDICINES, INEQUALITY, NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE http://www.globalhealthcheck.org/?p=1973 On 26th Of May, the World Health Assembly adopted the long debated Resolution on Cancer Prevention and Control. This is an important step towards supporting countries to address this disease in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Cancers are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012, 70% of which occurredRead More →

On May 31, 2017, World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution on the prevention and control of cancer.   UACT earlier wrote about the negotiations on the resolution here and here.  IP-Watch published a story about the resolution here.  A not quite final version of the text is here. The following are statements from four members of UACT:   Dr. Manon Ress, Founder and Acting Director, Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) UACT was among 29 civil society organizations and 33 health professionals, activists, and economists — including Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz — asking delegates to WHA to support a feasibility study on theRead More →