The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) welcomes, with some strong reservations, the report, from the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. The Panel was created in late 2015 to ‘review and assess proposals and recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and public health in the context of health technologies’.
Here are ITPC’s initial reflections on the Report “Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies”. With its partner’s working on intellectual property and access to medicines, ITPC will conduct a deeper analysis of the report in the coming weeks.
Report Endorses Full Use of TRIPS Flexibilities
In the section on intellectual property rights, ITPC supports the Panel’s recommendations that countries implement strict criteria for awarding patents, review current laws and frameworks and make full use of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) flexibilities to protect public ...