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International patent rights key to ensuring access to medication

International patent rights key to ensuring access to medication

A United Nations panel recently released a series of disastrous policy recommendations designed to increase access to medicines in developing countries. The panel ignored obvious solutions to help the one in three people in developing nations who lack regular access to medicines.

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon originally tasked the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines with remedying the "policy incoherence" that exists between intellectual property rights and drug access. With that focus in mind, the panel predictably — and wrongly — viewed IP protections as a barrier to access, rather than a bridge to medical innovation.

Undermining IP rights will...

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