Access to medicines: are patents the real barrier?

The Parliament Magazine, in association with Bayer is organising a lunch debate entitled:

'Access to medicines: are patents the real barrier?'

The debate will focus on a number of issues including:

  • How can access to essential medicines be improved in developing countries?
  • How can we find a balance between the protection of intellectual property rights, needed for the long term development of new medicines, and the need to make these accessible to a broad public?
  • What role can and should have the relevant stakeholders (e.g. governments, civil society, pharmaceutical companies) in addressing these challenges?

A panel featuring representatives from the private and public sector will touch on these issues and take questions from the audience.

A buffet lunch will be served before the event.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 15:30
Brussels Press Club
Rue Froissart 95

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