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The Medicines Patent Pool Signs a Record Seven New Sub-Licences to Speed the Availability of Generic HIV Medicines to Developing Countries
Date:7/17/2014

GENEVA, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

MPP forges first agreement with a Chinese manufacturer Desano; and with Cipla, Mylan and Micro Labs; Extends Collaborations with Aurobindo, Laurus Labs and Emcure  

Three days before the start of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced seven new sub-licensing agreements for the manufacture of generic HIV medicines, atazanavir (ATV) and dolutegravir (DTG). The United Nations-backed MPP negotiates licences with key patent holders to speed access of low-cost, generic medicines to developing countries. To date, the MPP has signed agreements with Bristol Myers-Squibb, Gilead Sciences, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, the US National Institutes of Health and ViiV Healthcare for eight antiretrovirals (ARVs) and one medicine for an HIV opportunistic infection.

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"With licences signed today, four new manufacturers are joining us to speed the availability of crucial medicines, ATV and DTG, to developing countries. This almost doubles our network of generic partners to ten companies," said Greg Perry, Executive Director, MPP. "Increased generic competition will ultimately bring prices down and increase availability to allow national treatment programmes to treat many more people in their countries."

Following its December agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for a licence on atazanavir, a WHO-preferred second-line therapy, MPP has signed its first sub-licence with a Chinese generic firm, Desano, a supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) based in Shanghai, and wit
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