Patent Pools for ARVs: Industry Perspectives from ASPEN
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 60
Last Page: 61
Publisher ID: TOAIDJ-4-60
Article History:Received Date: 25/5/2009
Revision Received Date: 1/7/2009
Acceptance Date: 3/8/2009
Collection year: 1/2010
Electronic publication date: 19/1/2010
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Affordability through reduced pricing is only one part of enhancing access to treatment in Public Health emergencies: Supply Security and the guarantee of supply consistency is the other.
To the extent that Patent Pooling is able to create Regional African Manufacturing capability, Africans will support the concept. However, to the extent that if further decentralises manufacture away from the continent and increases Africa’s dependence on imports, Patent Pooling can potentially weaken supply security and will continue to relegate Africa a Continent of dependency, rather than one that invests in its own capability.
Patent Pooling, should be viewed guardedly on the African Continent and will only be embraced, provided it is consistent with the AU Heads of State call for an African Manufacturing Plan and Africa’s aspiration to more from “converting charity dollars into sustainable, long term investment dollars”.