October 7, 2009
Geneva, campaign headquarters, October 7, 2009—A week since the campaign was launched, well over 7,000 e-mails have been sent to the drug companies by supporters from Japan to Mexico, Myanmar to Burkina Faso. There is relief, too, at campaign headquarters that it has come together and gone so smoothly so far.
"With ever-higher medicine costs, we need new ideas and fast if we are to continue to be able to treat people living with HIV/AIDS, let alone increase treatment for millions in need. MSF is 100 percent behind this patent pool initiative and we will work with others with all our might to give it the support it needs to get off the ground. Please add your voice to ours."
—Dr Christophe Fournier, President, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
The campaign is being rolled out country by country and we’re particularly looking forward to the launch in Switzerland later this month when we’re promised that a large inflatable pill will be symbolically dropped into Lake Geneva. We’ll upload some photos when it happens.
The drug companies’ response
Early days yet, but the German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies told reporters this week that drug prices aren’t the issue—rather it’s the lack of medical doctors in developing countries that is blocking treatment.
Patent pool myth-buster
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