Time to Talk about Partnerships for Access to Medicines

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Time to Talk about Partnerships for Access to Medicines

Opinion of Harald Nusser on www.sharedvalue.org
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A patient in Kenya benefits from Novartis Access treatments.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 1:00am

Access to healthcare is making controversial headlines these days as the report of the High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines set up by the Secretary-General of the United Nations was just released. We need to move away from ideological disputes about intellectual property and focus on how we can help patients receive the treatments they need now.

Any solution to the access challenge needs to consider the complex factors that affect access in developing countries. It would indeed be misleading and counter-productive to focus the access debate on patents. (...)

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