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[afro-nets] "Pooling ARV Drug Patents: A Pro-Access Fitting Strategy?"

From: David Zakus davidzakus@cs.com

from:"Daniele Dionisio" <d.dionisio@tiscali.it>

Open AIDS Journal  (OAIDSJ) Special Issue

POOLING ARV DRUG PATENTS: A PRO-ACCESS FITTING STRATEGY? was just published 
online in the January 2010 issue (free open access 
http://www.bentham.org/open/toaidj/openaccess2.htm) .

This initiative was conceived to join debate around UNITAID Patent Pool 
campaign for HIV/AIDS antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), and would aim at 
spreading dialogue for equitable action through broad range acknowledged 
stakeholders' contributions facing the most relevant criticalness and 
challenging points.

 Actually, this OAIDSJ special issue takes place at the same time when the 
final report by the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Research and Development 
Financing is being under debate at the WHO's Executive Board Meeting currently 
in Geneva.

In this regard, our joint initiative could make even more sense now that the 
EWG report passes over some "promising proposals" (including UNITAID patent 
pool model)  “..either because it is not clear how effectively they could be 
expanded into broad solutions or because their design is weak in some areas…”, 
andrecommends them for further examination “…with a view to either amendment 
(if possible) and review for implementation or integration of the 
high-performing elements into other proposals…”

Your expert criticism over the entire special issue will deeply be appreciated, 
along with your judgement whether it would be worth featuring at your 
institutional websites.

Daniele

--
Dr. Daniele Dionisio, M.D.
 Coordinator, "Access to Drugs: International Policies",CLIA
(Collegamento Lotta Internazionale AIDS - Network for International Fight 
against AIDS)
Pistoia, ITALY,
mailto:d.dionisio@tiscali.it

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