• STAT+: Chilean health ministry is urged to issue a compulsory license for the Pfizer Covid pill

    10 days ago - By STAT

    In the latest bid to expand access to the Pfizer Covid-19 pill, a nonprofit group and an association of pharmacists are seeking to make it possible for generic manufacturers to sell the medicine in Chile, which was excluded from a recent licensing deal the drug maker reached for its pill to become available in mostly poor countries.
    The plan hinges on convincing the Chilean government to issue a compulsory license, which countries can grant to a public agency or a generic drug maker, allowing it to copy a patented medicine without the consent of the brand-name company that owns the patent...
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  • STAT+: Institutional investors urge pharma boards to tie executive compensation to global Covid vaccine equity

    10 days ago - By STAT

    More than 65 institutional investors are urging the directors of companies making Covid-19 vaccines to tie executive compensation to vaccine equity in hopes of holding management “accountable” for contributing to a global health problem.
    In a series of letters , the investors asked the heads of the board compensation committees at Pfizer , Johnson & Johnson , Moderna , and AstraZeneca to adopt goals outlined recently by the World Health Organization to ensure 70% of the global population is vaccinated by the end of 2022. Continue to STAT+ to read the full story...
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