Access to medicines, particularly ARVs, has been vital to the success and scale up of the HIV response. The Consortium is working to oppose efforts to increase the barriers to access to HIV treatment and supporting the implementation of the Medicines Patent Pool.
The Medicines Patent Pool aims to improve access to affordable HIV medicines in developing countries. This is done through the voluntary licencing of patents held by pharmaceutical companies. The Consortium’s access to medicines campaign is mobilizing more than 30,000 people across the UK to secure pharmaceutical company support. This could reduce the annual bill of ARVs in developing countries by $1.2 billion.
“Without the efforts of campaigning groups and especially the Stop AIDS Campaign, the Patent Pool would not have become a reality”
Ellen t’Hoen from the Patent Pool taskforce