7-20 | RCEP trade deal could cut medicines lifeline for people in developing countries As the sixteen countries negotiating Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement meet in Bangkok this week for another round of closed door negotiations, public health experts and the international medical humanitarian organization - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warn that inclusion of any harmful intellectual property provisions in the agreement could have a severely negative impact on access to affordable generic medicines.
6-19 | Affordable generic versions from China could save millions of people’s lives Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today filed a legal patent challenge at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), requesting the invalidation of the patent granted to US pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences for the oral hepatitis C medicine velpatasvir.
3-28 | by Joanne Liu (the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières.) and Paual Farmer (The co-founder of Partners in Health, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.) Though TB can strike anyone, it disproportionately afflicts marginalized and vulnerable populations in places like refugee camps, slums, and prisons.
3-23 | Despite being curable, the world is losing the battle against tuberculosis (TB). The road ahead is rife with challenges, from diagnosis to treatment, for patients and treatment providers alike. In this Q&A, Dr. Francis Varaine, leader of the MSF working group on Tuberculosis, explains MSF’s priorities over the next ten years. Where are we in the fight against TB? We’re not exactly winning.
MSF challenges Gilead’s patent application for hepatitis C combination treatment in China, to bring down prices
12-18 | Gilead recently launched one of these drugs for $100/pill in China Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has filed a legal patent challenge in China against US pharmaceutical corporation Gilead’s patent application for the combination of two crucial oral hepatitis C medicines, sofosbuvir and velpatasvir. This combination is the first direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment to be registered for use against all genotypes* of the disease.