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Drugs: Patents

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department’s policy is on patent pools for essential medicines. (201942)

The UK Government believe that there is merit in examining the benefits that voluntarily established patent pools could bring in facilitating access to medicines. The Department for International Development is participating in a process organised by UNITAID, the international drug purchase facility, which is examining the feasibility of establishing a patent pool for antiretroviral medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.