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Why Voluntary Licensing is Best for Increasing Access to Medicines

By Philip Stevens The article originally appeared on  “Confrontational approaches such as compulsory licensing are time consuming, risky and an ultimately unsustainable way of addressing global health challenges. Voluntary licensing, by contrast, benefits all stakeholders, especially patients.” When it comes to how to best

Overcoming obstacles to medicines access

As the 2020 World Health Assembly re-convenes in Geneva, an international coalition of think tanks urges governments to commit to simple reforms to accelerate access to medicines, including those in the process of being developed for Covid-19.

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Essential Medicines and Patents

90% of medicines on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines are off-patent, while many low-income countries have no essential medicine patents at all, according to this Geneva Network research paper.