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High Priced Medicines and Lack of Needs-Driven Innovation: A Global Crisis That Fuels Inequality

New opportunities and challenges one year after the landmark Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On September 14, 2016, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s High- Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) publicly released its final report entitled ‘Promoting innovation and access to health technologies’.

One year after the release of the landmark report and building upon Oxfam’s September 2016 assessment, this paper provides an update on where the HLP report and its recommendations stand, assesses the level of implementation by countries and institutions – especially the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) – and recommends ways to use the report to improve both innovation and access to medicines.

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