How voluntary licensing agreements are transforming HIV care

BARCELONA — In 2014, ViiV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic, and the Medicines Patent Pool, an organization funded primarily by Unitaid to increase access to medicines in lower-income countries, signed two voluntary licensing agreements. The agreements allowed generic manufacturers to produce and sell low-cost versions of the ViiV-developed HIV drug dolutegravir in all low- and lower-middle income countries, and across sub-Saharan Africa. The licenses also cover pediatric HIV treatment in upper-middle income countries. More reading ► Reducing stigma in health facilities to achieve UHC ► Candidate HIV vaccine to be tested for efficacy in…

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