Media Advisory - Newsmaker Luncheon: Pan-American patients speak out on innovation and global health



    OTTAWA, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - A panel of experts and patient representatives
from Canada, USA, and Latin America will express their perspectives on the
critical issue of medical innovation and access to treatments. This panel is
meeting at the same time as World Health Organization (WHO) delegates from the
Americas Regions are gathering in Ottawa to discuss the draft strategy and
action plan of the WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health,
Innovation and Intellectual Property (IGWG).
    While this draft strategy was intended to address the need for new
treatments and improved access - especially for "neglected" diseases primarily
in developing countries - many patient groups fear that components of the
proposed plan will have serious negative consequences for all patients.
    Key to the patient concern is the fact that, to date, patients and
patient groups have not been included in the discussion.

    
    WHAT:   NEWSMAKER LUNCHEON: PAN-AMERICAN PATIENTS SPEAK OUT ON
            INNOVATION AND GLOBAL HEALTH
            Hosted by Durhane Wong-Rieger, Chair of Consumer Advocare Network
            A panel of experts and patient representatives from Canada, USA,
            and Latin America will express their perspectives on the critical
            issue of medical innovation and access to treatments.

    WHEN:   October 22, 2007
            11:30 - Noon   - media registration
            Noon           - Luncheon is served
            12:10pm        - Welcome and introductions
            12:20 - 1:15pm - Overview and framing of issues
                           - Presentation on patents and developing countries
                           - Panel discussion on innovation and access
            1:15pm         - Q&A and interview opportunities

    WHERE:  Sheraton Hotel - O'Connor Room (main level)
            150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON

    WHO:    Durhane Wong-Rieger, Chair of Consumer Advocare Network
            Dr. Kristina Lybecker, Professor of Economics, Colorado College
            Dr. Wayne Taylor, Health Leadership Institute
            U.S. and Latin America patient representatives

    MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
            -  One-on-one interviews with participants
    




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For further information: RSVP: For more information and to confirm
attendance, please contact Steven Lott, Communications Director, Ward Health
Strategies, (905) 928-5688 (cell) - slott@wardhealth.com

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