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The long-awaited verdict on the latest appeal by Novartis was issued April 1 , to the relief of health justice advocates and patients in India and around the world. For seven years now, Novartis has challenged India’s patent laws which apply to Glivec, their brand of the cancer drug imatinib mesylate ( which the company spells as “Gleevec” in North America, to uniformize pronunciation) , an action which portended grave global problems for access to costly drugs in general. India’s high court ruled that the form of Glivec which the company wished to patent was not a new drug which would merit such status. The ruling is important to assure that affordable generic forms of vital medicines can be manufactured, but advocacy efforts will continue to be needed for future drugs. With so much published on the case no need for me to repeat details here , among the excellent sources for those wishing to learn more is Knowledge Ecology International and its IP-Health listserv.
Here’s the invitation from event organizers:
Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Is pleased to present:
The film: “THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE” And a Community Discussion with guests:
• AARON KATZ, Principal Lecturer of Health Services and Global Health, UW
• DR. REENA KOSHY, National Physicians Alliance
• DR. SARAH WEINBERG, Physicians for a National Health Program & Healthcare For All – Washington, and
• LAURIE SIMONS AND TERRY STERRENBERG, The Filmmakers
LOCATION: Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle, 98103 (in Wallingford)
Facilitated community discussion follows the film.
For more information: http://www.meaningfulmovies.org
Event is Free and Open To the Public
This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.
Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.
Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.
Following passage by both houses of the Legislature, Governor Gregoire signed the Health Benefit Exchange bill into law on March 23– the 2nd anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act — before an appreciative public audience. Passage of the Exchange bill was the result of long hard work by civic-minded advocates, including consumers and small business owners.
Lots of excitement here tonight after a tremendous effort by advocates and lawmakers:
House Bill 2319 would fully implement the Affordable Care Act, allowing the state to meet critical development milestones in 2013 as outlined by the federal health reform bill passed in March 2010. The bill creates the standards for operation of a state healthcare exchange.
“Our efforts this year build off last year’s skeleton bill that established a public-private exchange board. Now, by Jan. 1, 2014, we’ll be ready to open the program for people,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, chair of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee and prime sponsor of companion legislation in the Senate. Enrollment in health plans will open in the fall of 2013.…
Health news from Washington State and around the Pacific Northwest:
After Slipping Through the Cracks, Beaverton Man to Receive Lifesaving Surgery at Seattle hospital
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As the new year starts, some ome items of note from near and far: