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"The Right to Health: Canadian NGO activism for global access to AIDS treatment and other drugs"

Free public lecture on AIDS treatment access -- University of Calgary

Join us for a public lecture by one of Canada's leading AIDS activists and legal experts on the struggle for access to medicines.

Date: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW - The Gallery Hall, Main Floor, Taylor Family Digital Library

Presenter/Speaker: Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Description: In 2004, Canada passed the first law on compulsory licensing of patented drugs to permit the export of lower cost generics to eligible developing countries. Yet in 8 years, there has only been one shipment of drugs through Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). Patented pharmaceutical companies have staunchly opposed reforms in Parliament to allow for more shipments, while they pursue increasingly stringent intellectual property rules via the WTO and other trade agreements. These further undermine the options countries have to protect public health and promote universal access to medicines. Debates over patents and treatment access will heat up again this fall as Bill C-398 to fix CAMR heads to a vote in Parliament, and the federal government pursues negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that could further hinder pharmacare prospects for Canadians.

Refreshments will be provided.

This presentation is part of the "Communication and Health: Troubling Promotion" series, organized and sponsored by the CIHR Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health, and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

For more info www.ucalgary.ca/foodmarketing and www.aidslaw.ca/camr.

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Contact:
Richard Elliott
Executive Director | Directeur général
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network | Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida
+1 416 595-1666 (ext./poste 229)

www.aidslaw.ca | www.twitter.com/aidslaw | www.aidslaw.ca/facebook

Access to Medicines Campaign: www.medicinesforall.ca
Campagne pour accès aux médicaments : www.medicamentspourtous.ca


Reproduced with permission - "Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network"

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
www.aidslaw.ca


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