At December 4th, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation participated in a public event, titled: “If the Price is Right? Big Pharma vs. the Right to Health”. The event organised by the Centre for Global Challenges at the Utrecht University. Aukje Mantel-Teeuwisse gave a presentation about how accessibility and availability are defined and what the current worldwide situation is regarding accessibility and availability of medicines. Other presenters were Marcus Düwell (Professor of Philosophical Ethics and Director of the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University), Marie Elske Gispen (Postdoctoral researcher at Global Health Law Research Centre at the University of Groningen) and Eduardo Arenas Catalán (Lecturer and researcher at Leiden Law School, Fellow at the Meijers Research Institute research program ‘Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World’).
A panel discussion was organised after the presentations during which some interesting topics were discussed; amongst others, the role of the WHO and Public Private Partnerships in ensuring access to affordable medicines and how to use the right to health to address issues regarding accessibility/affordability of medicines. More information can be found here.