The Star reports 66 African NGOs wrote a letter to the UK Government, urging their support of the drug price transparency resolution currently being negotiated at the World Health Assembly meeting (Word Health Organization) in Geneva Switzerland.
A current draft resolution to discuss transparency of drug pricing is on the agenda item 11.7—Access to Medicines and Vaccines at the WHA. The draft resolution was initiated by Italy, with Malaysia, Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey as the initial co-sponsors.
The African NGOs requested that the UK government “stand in solidarity with people most at risk of suffering and death from lack of access to medicines, by abandoning its opposition to the resolution.
The draft resolution declared “Astronomical medicine prices cause avoidable suffering and death, and push health systems to their limits and millions of people into poverty.
The NGOs are positioning that those countries with a strong biopharma industry (e.g. USA, UK, Germany, Japan, etc.) are actively lobbying to derail the resolution.
Follow the link to the source for more information. Obviously, much of the African continent struggles economically as it starts to further develop and industrialize access to Western therapies.