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“A generic compulsory license is a bomb against innovation”, said today, 29, ABPI’s vice president, Gabriel Leonardos, in a Public Hearing at the Social Security and Family Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on the granting of non-voluntary licenses of patents. In the AP, requested and mediated by Deputy Jandira Feghali (PCdoB-RJ), Leonardos defended the provisions provided for in Article 71 of the Industrial Property Law (LPI 9.279 / 96), as a way of facilitating access to medicines and health equipment. He proposed the “punctual and necessary use” of the compulsory license ”and criticized the generic use of this device for the treatment of covid-19“ I ask for consideration in the assessment of the harmful effects of any measure of a generalized non-punctual, non-localized compulsory license ”, said.

Leonardos defended a “more dispassionate use” of compulsory licenses and denied that the patent system is an obstacle to health. “Patents do not prevent access to health, what ineffective public policies are,” he said. “Are we going to take a unilateral approach and go against a multilateral treaty? If the government wants, it can decree the compulsory license in one hour ”, remembering that this device was included in international law in the revision of The Hague, of the Paris Convention, in 1925.

Felipe Carvalho, coordinator of the Medicines Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, also participated in the debate; Francisco Viegas Neves Da Silva, Regional Policy Advocacy Adviser Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative – DNDI; Jorge Bermudez; researcher at the National School of Public Health / FIOCRUZ; Paula Forgioni, Full Professor and Head of the Department of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo; Pedro Villardi, member of the Intellectual Property Working Group (GTPI) of the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association; Ronald Dos Santos, president of the National Federation of Pharmacists.

You can watch the full Public Hearing on the Chamber of Deputies Channel on Youtube: