Sanders Takes Aim at Drug Patents
By: Marcus J. Hopkins, Blogger
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is, if nothing else, a bombastic figure in the modern
political three-ring landscape, and while most of his supporters applaud
his penchant for speaking truth to power, rarely does the Independent
senator from Vermont garner support from both sides of the aisle. Last week,
however, he may have managed to curry some favor with HCV advocates across
In a letter to Robert McDonald, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary, Sanders implored the VA to use its emergency powers to break
or override the patents for HCV drug therapies currently held by Gilead
(Sovaldi and Harvoni) and AbbVie (Viekira Pak). This move, while within the
legal purview of the Federal government, is unusual, almost to the point
of being unprecedented; Sanders argues (and rightly so, in my opinion) that
the health and wellbeing of our nations veterans should serve as sufficient
motivation for exercising the measure.
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Black Market HIV/AIDS Drugs in the News, 2006 - 2013
The Partnership for Safe Medicines
The Community Access National Network (CANN) today announced that it is teaming
up with the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) to better educate patients
about the risks of counterfeit or black market HIV/AIDS medicines. Since
2006, eighty-two (82) individuals have been charged with selling adulterated,
unapproved or black market medications prescribed for HIV or AIDS patients.
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