sexta-feira, fevereiro 04, 2005

Petição sobre R&D médico alternativo

The following is a sign-on letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) commission on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Health (CIPIH).

This body is asked to evaluate a new treaty framework for medical R&D.

This is essentially a substitute for existing or planned trade agreements that focus on patents or drug prices. The proposed Medical R&D Treaty (MRDT) is a 12 page work in progress that has been discussed for more than 2 years by a large number of public health experts, economists, lawyers and others who are seeking to create a new paradigm for financing medical R&D.

It features a number of new ideas for dealing with global R&D issues, including for example minimum obligations for supporting R&D, priority setting mechanisms, and a system of tradable credits for investments in particular projects that promote social or public interest objectives. (Creating markets for public goods.)

If you would like to add your name to the letter, send your name and preferred identification, including country of residence to, by February 15, 2005.

Copies of the sign-on letter and the proposed treaty text are on web here.

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