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



    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Patient representatives from Canada, USA, and
Latin America will express their perspectives on the critical issue of medical
innovation and access to treatments. This Newsmaker Luncheon coincides with a
meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) delegates from the Americas Regions
who 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
              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
                             - 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
              Pan-American patient groups

    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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