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Medicines Patent Pool

GRAN'S POSITION ON Medicines Patent Pool

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), set up in 2010 by the UN, is designed to make HIV medications more affordable as well as more suitable for use in developing countries.  The MPP encourages brand-name pharmaceutical companies to place their patents with the Pool. The MPP then grants licenses to generic manufacturers who compete to produce lower-price antiretroviral medicines.  

GRAN keeps a watchful eye on this issue, and uses opportunities that arise to recognize when patents are shared and to encourage companies to increase the scope of the patents they share with the MPP.