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31 March 2011

From: Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Phone: 203-668-0282

Millennium Medicine Project

Never Give Up: Cancer Education Initiative

Subject: MedScape: Oncology Drug Shortage - TRIPS/DOHA - International Public Health Emergency

In 2006, an OIE/FAO/WHO International Bar Association level dialogue focused on the formal declaration of an international public health emergency for challenges associated with HIV/AIDs,  Tuberculosis and Pandemic Influenza.  The focus was to facilitate conditional licensing for the production of generic drugs by UN member countries:

The TRIPS Agreement, as clarified by the Doha Declaration, makes it clear that WTO members can engage in compulsory licensing with respect to pharmaceuticals needed to address an international public health emergency. [1]

GLOBOCAN 2008 estimates, about 12.7 million cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths are estimated to have occurred in 2008; of these, 56% of the cases and 64% of the deaths occurred in the economically developing world. [2]  The scope of this epidemic demands classification under the umbrella of an international public health emergency to facilitate mass production of needed drugs to assist treatment, especially on the village medicine level in developing countries with 6 billion of the world's population. [3,4]

Medscape Special Report – March 28, 2011
Special Report: Cancer Drug Shortage

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Legislation to Combat the Oncology Drug Shortage
Medscape Interview With Michael Link, MD

What Oncologists Can Do to Weather the Storm
Medscape Business of Medicine

A Call to Action
Commentary by Maurie Markman, MD

Making Do: Getting by Without Leucovorin
Commentary by John Marshall, MD

Early Warning System for Prescription Drug Shortages
Medscape Medical News


Ongoing Drug Shortages Hitting Oncology Hardest

Medscape Medical News

Cancer Drug Shortages Are Placing Patients at Risk
Medscape Medical News

Drug Shortages: National Survey Reveals High Level of Frustration
ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® Acute Care Edition


1. Declaration/Scope - International Public Health Emergency: Pathobiologics International, November 2006. Url:
2. Global cancer statistics: CA Cancer J Clin 2011; 61:69-90 doi: 10.3322/caac.20107. Url:
3. Millennium Medicine Project: Humanitarian Resource Institute, Pathobiologics International, United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
4. Never Give Up: Cancer Education Initiative: United Nations Arts Initiative.  Url:


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