In 2013, the MPP and F. Hoffman-La Roche signed an agreement to increase access to valganciclovir, an important, easy-to-take, oral medicine to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is a viral infection that can cause blindness. The deal ensures an up to 90% price reduction for the drug in 138 low- and middle-income countries.
Leading product development partnership, TB Alliance, and the MPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April 2016. The MOU outlines a multi-pronged collaboration to encourage the development of new tuberculosis (TB) regimens and to ensure their availability in low- and middle-income countries.
The MPP has several collaborative agreements with national and regional patent offices to share patent data for MedsPaL, its Medicines Patents and Licences Database. The agreement with the European Patent Office facilitates the automatic update of some of the information contained in MedsPaL. In addition, the MPP has agreements with the following patent offices, enabling regular updating of national patent status data:
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ViiV Healthcare and the MPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out commitments between the MPP and ViiV Healthcare to collaborate in several areas, with the ultimate goal of making additional affordable quality medicines for children available. The MOU also contains a legally binding licence on paediatric abacavir (ABC) for use in the 118 countries where most children with HIV live.
The MPP and ICAP at Columbia University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2017 outlining a framework of collaboration to improve access to treatment for people living with HIV. The two organisations are working together to facilitate market introduction and uptake of jointly identified priority medicines for the prevention and treatment of HIV in low- and middle-income countries, particularly where ICAP operates. The MPP and ICAP have also agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration in tuberculosis, including TB/HIV co-infection. Founded in 2003 at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP is one of the largest U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implementing partners. Both ICAP and the MPP are partners in the OPTIMIZE Consortium, led by Wits RHI and supported through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). OPTIMIZE is a global partnership unifying distinct voices to achieve a common goal: accelerating access to simpler, safer and more affordable HIV treatment.