The Medicines Patent Pool
In December 2009, UNITAID created the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) as a separate entity to focus on increasing access to HIV medicines in developing countries. The Pool’s objective is to facilitate licensing agreements with patent holders and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Unlike state-based compulsory licenses or patent oppositions, MPP licenses can reach many countries at once, potentially changing the global access picture for a given drug.
Public Citizen sees the success of the MPP as an invaluable element in our fight to expand access to medicines. But for the Medicines Patent Pool to truly work, those of us in the global health community must continue to press for conditions which allow it to succeed. The MPP has the potential to be a game-changer for global health which contributes to saving millions of lives, but it can’t do it alone.
April 8, 2014 – Public Citizen letters to AbbVie, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Pfizer and Shionogi regarding the latest licensing agreement between ViiV Healthcare and the Medicines Patent Pool
April 2, 2013 – Public Citizen letters to Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. and Pfizer regarding the ViiV Healthcare and Medicines Patent Pool Agreement
December 15, 2011 – Johnson & Johnson response to Public Citizen letter on the Medicines Patent Pool
December 10, 2011 – Public Citizen Brief on the Medicines Patent Pool