8-22 | Hopes for improved access to an affordable pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) that safeguards both children and adults from pneumonia was dealt a major blow after the Indian patent office granted a patent to the US pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer for its PCV13 product, marketed as Prevnar13. “It’s unfair and unacceptable that almost a million children die each year from pneumonia, even though a life-saving vaccine is available.
5-5 | Manila, Philippines is set to host the 18th round of the multilateral trade deal - the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that encompasses 50% of the global population. With the Philippines holding the chairmanship of ASEAN for 2017, it can be an opportune time for Philippines to take the lead in ensuring that market gains will not trump the right of millions of people to access affordable medicines.
Fewer than 5% of people in need are treated with new TB drugs, nearly four years after their approval
3-23 | Companies and countries must take urgent action to increase access to these life-saving treatments Only 4,800 people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in 2016 were treated with two newer and much more effective medicines, even though these have now been on the market for up to four years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) deplored on 23 March. Outside of a small number of clinical trials and compassionate use programmes, just 469 people received delamanid in 2016, while just over 4,300 received bedaquiline.
12-5 | As negotiators from the 16 countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meet in Tangerang, Indonesia, starting today, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), along with other health groups, reiterated concerns about harmful intellectual property provisions in the proposed agreement that would increase market monopolies for pharmaceutical corporations and delay or block access to affordable generic medicines. With ratification and implementation of the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement increasingly in doubt,
11-14 | Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) should extend their price reduction to all developing countries. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomes Pfizer’s decision to lower the price of its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) for children caught in humanitarian emergencies.