Intellectual Property Watch news coverage of the 70th World Health Assembly:
- Intellectual Property Watch: WHO official: Medicines should not be priced at the value of a life
“Member governments of the World Health Organization are increasingly talking about how to bring about ‘fair’ pricing of medicines. And what’s clear is that it should not be based on how much you would pay to save your life, a senior WHO official said [last] week…” (New, 26/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: World Health Assembly adopts resolution to fight sepsis; antimicrobial resistance major threat
“Antimicrobial resistance is a growing health concern as was acknowledged by countries at the World Health Assembly [last] week, and a resolution was adopted to fight sepsis, which is a life-threatening blood stream infection for which there is growing resistance…” (Saez, 26/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Will the money keep rolling?: Innovative global health financing and governance
“We are in a liminal moment for global health financing. The “golden age” of increasing donor funding is clearly over, arrested by the 2008 financial crisis. But while donor contributions are no longer climbing, they have not been falling, either. And it is possible this status quo will hold… But it’s equally possible that this is just the pause before the roller-coaster drops…” (Pillinger, 26/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Unlikely alliance of India, U.S. could keep medicines access on WHO agenda
“It is not often that on the matter of access to medicines, India and the United States agree at the World Health Organization. But the issue of access to medicines is rising on the international agenda and developed countries are feeling the bite of prices of new medicines…” (Saez, 28/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Review of WHO public health and IP strategy: help needed on TRIPS flexibilities
“International organizations, in particular the World Health Organization, should help poor countries implement the flexibilities enshrined in international trade rules, a number of developing countries said at the World Health Assembly on 26 May…” (Saez, 28/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Health R&D still underfunded — WHO members concerned, NGOs call for more ambition
“Hopes of stimulating research and development for diseases affecting primarily poor countries and vulnerable populations, through a strategic work plan at the World Health Organization, are dimmed by the lack of funding…” (Saez, 29/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Global health R&D: evidence, priorities, coordination
“…worldwide, less than 10% of R&D spending was going towards the diseases responsible for over 90% of preventable deaths. Advocates for equitable access to medicines cited this “10/90 gap” as a telltale sign of market failure—proof dispositive that the market is not an effective or ethical arbiter of health R&D priorities…” (Pillinger, 29/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Cancer drugs: innovation ‘blackmail’ leads to unaffordable prices, delinkage needed, speakers say
“…Tragic stories and the possibilities to avert them were center stage at a panel last week on the margin of the ongoing World Health Assembly. Delinking the cost of research and development from the market prices of medicines was urged by speakers on the panel: representatives of cancer patients, civil society, and a senior Brazilian official…” (Saez, 30/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Challenges remain for worldwide immunization by vaccination
“Even though important milestones in the elimination of rubella and measles have been achieved worldwide, key challenges remain, presenters said during a technical briefing organized by the World Health Organization last week…” (Saez, 30/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: WHA committee bans IP reference in substandard and falsified medicines
“A committee of the World Health Assembly agreed… to replace the awkward term “substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products” (SSFFC medical products) with “substandard and falsified medical products.” This is “the final step” in removing intellectual property from the name of medicines of this type…” (Geyter, 30/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: Resolution on cancer hailed by WHO members, easily adopted in committee
“The resolution calls for governments to undertake 22 actions, including the implementation of national commitments for the prevention and control of cancer, the integration and scaling-up of national cancer prevention and control, and the development of national cancer control plans, which have adequate resources, monitoring and accountability…” (Saez, 31/5).
- Intellectual Property Watch: A summary of key IP-related actions taken by the 70th World Health Assembly
“A notable fact during this assembly has been the rising volume of voices from developing countries, joined by developed countries on issues related to access to affordable, safe, and efficacious medicines. Resolutions and decisions were adopted, many with hopes of better addressing challenges such as antimicrobial resistance, cancer, substandard and falsified medical products, medicines access and shortages and more… ” (Saez, Geyter, 31/5).
Official coverage of the 70th World Health Assembly:
- Seventieth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva (WHO, 22/5)
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 24 May 2017
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May 2017
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 26 May 2017
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 29 May 2017
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 30 May 2017
Official coverage of the 70th World Health Assembly, highlights for the WHO European Region:
- Seventieth World Health Assembly opens today (WHO/Europe, 22/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 1: outgoing Director-General Chan says “reducing inequalities” should guide future health work (WHO/Europe, 23/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 2: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected new Director-General (WHO/Europe, 24/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 3: WHO priorities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (WHO/Europe, 26/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 4: polio, pandemic influenza preparedness and health workforce in focus (WHO/Europe, 29/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 5 & 6: delegates discuss International Health Regulations, human resources (WHO/Europe, 29/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 7: global action plan on response to dementia agreed (WHO/Europe, 30/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 8: progress on addressing noncommunicable diseases in focus (WHO/Europe, 31/5)
- World Health Assembly Day 9: Assembly closes after 9 days covering 78 agenda items (WHO/Europe, 1/6)
- DEVEX: 8 takeaways from the 70th World Health Assembly