The Medicines Patent Pool: A Powerful Strategy for "Getting to Zero"

Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility [USA], Published on: 30 November 2011

In honor of World AIDS Day...members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) reiterate their endorsement of the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) created by UNITAID, and call upon pharmaceutical companies to share their licenses for life-savings AIDS medicines...Underscoring the urgency, Sr. Barbara Aires of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth said, “...The need for affordable medicines to eradicate this scourge couldn’t be clearer. We want to encourage ViiV and BMS [Bristol Myers Squibb] to achieve a successful conclusion to their negotiations and once again call upon the other companies we hold, such as J&J [Johnson & Johnson], Merck and Abbott, to begin negotiating with the MPP immediately.” [Refers also to Gilead Sciences, the first branded pharmaceutical firm to join the MPP]

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Related companies: Abbott Laboratories Bristol-Myers Squibb Gilead Sciences Johnson & Johnson Merck ViiV Healthcare (joint venture Pfizer & GlaxoSmithKline)