Cancer Resolution Not Agreed Yet At WHO; Work Needed On IP Issues 31/01/2017 by Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch 3 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)World Health Organisation members tried to agree on a draft resolution on cancer during the WHO Executive Board but consensus escaped them, in particular on intellectual property issues, according to sources. The text is expected to be discussed informally with a view to reaching common language on the remaining issues by the annual World Health Assembly in May. Delegates arrive for the WHO Executive Board Several “white papers,” or draft versions, were issued by an informal drafting group working from the original draft resolution [pdf] during the WHO Executive Board, which started on 23 January and finished one day early today. The draft resolution seeks to address the growing issue of cancer by promoting measures of prevention and control, and in particular help countries to implement national action plans. According to several sources, the remaining issues revolve around intellectual property-related issues, such as the inclusion of a reference to the flexibilities in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), and the de-linkage of the price of medicines from the cost of research and development of these medicines. The high price of new cancer treatments was underlined by many WHO members during the Board meeting, by developing countries and developed countries alike. The draft resolution’s latest available white paper [pdf] showed a number of proposals for amendments relating to accessibility and affordability of cancer treatments and diagnostics (IPW, WHO, 30 January 2017). Image Credits: Catherine Saez Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related Catherine Saez may be reached at email@example.com."Cancer Resolution Not Agreed Yet At WHO; Work Needed On IP Issues" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.