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Doctors Without Borders criticises Johnson & Johnson for not sharing HIV drug patents that would allow access for poor in developing countries

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25 April 2011

Johnson & Johnson takes heat from Doctors Without Borders for not sharing HIV drug patents [USA]

Author: Susan Todd, Star Ledger [USA]

Doctors without Borders criticized Johnson & Johnson today for refusing to make patents on three HIV drugs available to a program that would reduce the cost of the medicines in developing countries…"Johnson & Johnson…has chosen to turn its back on these patients’’ [said Sophie Delaunay, a spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders]. In an e-mail today, the New Brunswick-based healthcare giant said it preferred to provide access to its compounds through agreements with generic manufacturers. One of its latest agreements was announced in February…

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25 April 2011

Johnson & Johnson Turns Its Back on AIDS Patients: Pharma Giant’s Refusal to Participate in Patent Pool Undermines Access to Key AIDS Drugs

Author: Doctors Without Borders/Medicines Sans Frontieres

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is putting the lives of people living with HIV at stake by refusing to participate in the Medicines Patent Pool, a mechanism designed to lower prices of HIV medicines and increase access to them for people in the developing world, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today…

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