United Kingdom: Minister Urges Firms to Pool HIV Patents
July 13, 2009
By 2030, an estimated 50 million people with HIV/AIDS will need newer treatments to keep them alive, according an all-party parliamentary report due out this week. To prevent millions of AIDS deaths in poor countries, pharmaceutical firms holding patents on HIV/AIDS drugs should release these drugs' patent rights, Mike Foster, Britain's international development minister, is expected to say.
"The pharmaceutical industry has an opportunity to act now to help prevent future human catastrophe," said Foster. "It is time for them to state their clear commitments to make HIV medicines affordable to those who need them most."
"We are sitting on a treatment time bomb," said Member of Parliament David Barrow, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on AIDS. "We cannot sleepwalk into a situation where we can only afford to treat a tiny proportion of those infected."
The Guardian (London)
07.13.2009; Sarah Boseley
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