The Grounds for Opposing Patents on Sofosbuvir in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia

 Posted by on June 1, 2015  Comments Off on The Grounds for Opposing Patents on Sofosbuvir in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia
Jun 012015
 

imak logo[Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge, Link, (CC-BY)] Worldwide 150 million people are living with Hepatitis C. In countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Ukraine and Russia 59 million people have Hepatitis C, and worldwide 700,000 people are dying preventable deaths from liver cancer and liver disease.

Pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences is seeking illegitimate patents for the hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir, blocking millions of people around the world from getting the treatment they need to get well. If Gilead is awarded unjustified patents in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia, based on the likely prices that will be set for these countries, they could be faced with an overspend of US$270 billion to treat all people with hepatitis C. Continue reading »

Share

Wikimedia-RU Changes Russian Civil Code: Amendments Include Recognition of Creative Commons Licenses

 Posted by on March 19, 2014  Comments Off on Wikimedia-RU Changes Russian Civil Code: Amendments Include Recognition of Creative Commons Licenses
Mar 192014
 

flag-russiaLinar Khalitov, Wikimedia Russia, Link (CC-BY)

On March 12, 2014, the Federal Law that introduced changes to the prime source of Russian civil law, the Civil Code, was signed. This sign-off brought to life many amendments that Russian members of Wikipedia have been eager to see for a long time. Continue reading »

Share