Improve access to AIDS drugs in the developing world
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Improve access to AIDS drugs in the developing world

    1. Petition by

      Nathan Georgette

      Cambridge, MA

With your help, we can end the AIDS epidemic in the next decade.

Of the 33.3 million people who are currently living with HIV/AIDS, only 6.6 million are being treated. Recent studies prove that access to treatment prevents transmission of HIV/AIDS. But the high price of AIDS drugs prevents millions from receiving life-saving treatment.

A recent innovative mechanism called the Medicines Patent Pool encourages pharmaceutical companies to produce generic HIV/AIDS medicines at affordable prices. Thus far the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the pharmaceutical company Gilead have joined the Medicines Patent Pool. Five other pharmaceutical companies are in negotiations.

Merck, which hold the patents for two essential AIDS medicines, refuses to negotiate with the Medicines Patent Pool.  Merck also severely limits the accessibility of cheaper generic versions to its life-saving drug raltegravir. 

We urge Merck to:
i)  Significantly expand the number and scope of generic licenses for its drugs, efavirenz and raltegravir.  While there are several paths to this life-saving end, joining the Medicines Patent Pool is one option with many public health benefits.

ii)  Ensure that the resulting generic licenses for efavirenz and raltegravir include all middle and low-income countries.

iii)  Guarantee that the resulting licenses place no access-limiting restrictions on the procurement of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

[Revised 02/12/2012]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret Dudley SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      HCV sufferers are facing a similiar problem with Gilead Sciences & Bristol-Myers. Together, they have two drugs that cured nearly every patient treated in Phase II trials. But Gilead has elected not to go forth in these trials because they are putting "profits before best patient care". It is time we stand up as a nation & let BIG PHARMA know we will NO LONGER stand by in SILENCE! Please support our petition as well because together our VOICES WILL BE HEARD!


      Margaret Dudley

      HCV sufferer & Advocate for the CURE

    • Jake Silberg MAPLEWOOD, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Healthcare is a human right

    • Alice Kenney NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I saw what access to ARV's can do for adults and children living with HIV in Mombasa, Kenya. Good treatment allowed these people to live healthy and productive lives despite their illness. It's terrible that so many people with HIV are denied this chance at life because they can't afford the treatment.

    • Nina Woolley DURHAM, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      Health is a human right, not a commodity.

    • Benjana Guraziu CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      In the words of George W. Merck: “We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits.”


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