Presentation on theme: "Access to Life-Saving Drugs Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UAEM."— Presentation transcript:
Access to Life-Saving Drugs Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UAEM
Access Gap Research Gap
Ten million will die in 2007 Why?
New York Times *Dr. William Prusoff, the Principal Investigator for D4T as quoted in the op-ed, “The Scientist’s Story” he published in the NYT on March 19, “I once helped create a drug that could enable millions of people to lead better and longer lives.” “[D]4T should be either cheap or free in sub-Saharan Africa.
$1600 $55 96%
40 Million 1.3 million Treatment Scale-up
A Simple Proposal Universities should adopt humanitarian licensing terms to ensure that Universities should adopt humanitarian licensing terms to ensure that every drug developed in campus laboratories be made available in poor countries at the lowest possible cost.
A Promising Solution
This is what it means to be a great research university.
Less than 1%
World Health Organization “Public research institutions and universities in developed countries should seriously consider initiatives designed to ensure that access to R&D outputs relevant to the health concerns of developing countries and to products derived therefrom, are facilitated through appropriate licensing policies and practices.”
The Public Research in the Public Interest Act S.4040 A one-stroke solution to the collective action problem.
New Chair of the Judiciary Committee
Philadelphia Consensus Statement Paul Farmer Jeffrey Sachs Stephen Lewis Victoria Hale (One World Health) 4 Nobel Laureates in Science or Medicine Former Deans of the Schools of Public Health at Yale and at Harvard 2 former editors of the New England Journal of Medicine Assistant Secretary of Health under Clinton and Johnson Patient groups from Thailand, India, and South Africa The list just goes on…
Stanford White Paper California Institute of Technology Cornell University Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stanford University University of California University of Illinois, Chicago University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign University of Washington Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Yale University Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Laudable Language Action National Day of April 18, 2007
National Day of Action Students at Yale are hosting Thai HIV/AIDS activist Jon Ungphakorn, who, before his presentation, will light a haunting display of 2700 glowing pill bottles to commemorate the 27,000 people that will die on the National Day of Action alone due to lack of access to existing medicines. Harvard students will host a speech by former World Health Organization HIV Director, Dr. Jim Yong Kim. Students at UPenn will display a giant copy of the Philadelphia Consensus Statement in a prominent public place for the student body to sign in bright colors and host a teach-in to educate their fast-growing student base. UC Berkeley will hold a conference among leading research scientists eager to see their discoveries benefit the worlds poor against the backdrop of three giant stick figures, two white and one red that represent the one-third of the world that lack access to existing medicines.
Make a Difference Today Sign the Philadelphia Consensus Statement National Day of Action