- All > Medicine Information and Evidence for Policy > Medicines Policy
- All > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Financing
- All > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Pricing
- Keywords > access to medicines
- Keywords > access to new technologies/health products
- Keywords > availability, affordability, and quality of pharmaceutical products
- Keywords > Global Partnership for Development
- Keywords > innovation and intellectual property
- Keywords > local production - generic medicines
- Keywords > Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
- Keywords > official development assistance (ODA)
- Keywords > prices / pricing policy
- Keywords > universal access to essential medicines
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Target 8.E: In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
Access to affordable essential medicines: As reported at various international forums, despite a greater awareness within the private sector regarding the need to increase access to affordable essential medicines, in developing countries, medicines remain costly, insufficiently available at dispensing facilities and often unaffordable. Increasing access to medicines and the technology needed to produce them, while encouraging further innovation, requires a better understanding of the linkages between policies on public health, innovation, intellectual property and international trade. Greater international cooperation on policy formation in these areas is needed urgently.
Access to new technologies: Goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) addresses one aspect of the benefits of new technologies for development in particular—information and communication technologies (ICT). Over the years, the MDG Gap Task Force Report has followed the explosion in access to ICT in developing countries, largely driven by private industry. It has also looked at different approaches by which Governments have facilitated the spread of the benefits from ICT and have increasingly used ICT to improve their own services through “e-government”.