J&J Patent Move Must be First of Many, says AHF

A mobile billboard in Manhattan with advocacy messages about tuberculosis. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation created a video comparing the number of annual TB deaths in 2022 to the population of Manhattan - both are approximately 1.6 million. The video was displayed on a mobile billboard that drove all week near the U.N. building Sep. 18-22 to catch the attention of U.N. General Assembly delegates. (Photo: Business Wire)

LOS ANGELES--()--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) acknowledged today pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) announcement that it will not enforce its patent for the multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment SIRTURO (bedaquiline) for 134 low- and middle-income countries—a significant step in ending the global TB crisis for a preventable, treatable, and curable disease.

“This is a win for public health and TB patients, but it took far too long to become a reality considering the years of urgent advocacy from civil society. Pharmaceutical giants’ greed and patent hoarding prevents access to lifesaving drugs, vaccines, and other medical commodities, all in pursuit of profiting from the sick and dying,” said Loretta Wong, Deputy Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy for AHF. “The decision from Johnson & Johnson is a positive step, but global public health is far too pressing for every decision to take such time and advocacy. Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility outside shareholders’ profits and must do right by the world or continue facing pressure and negative press from the public. Civil society will remain vigilant in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for evergreening patents and demanding that they put people before profits.”

An AHF delegation attended the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis last month to join the TB community in advocating for world leaders to commit to ensuring a robust global TB response. The resulting official declaration includes several commitments AHF advocated for, including committing $5 billion annually to the TB response, universal access to TB treatment and services, incorporating civil society in TB strategies, and integrating TB services with primary and HIV healthcare settings.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global non-profit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1.9 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. We are currently the largest non-profit provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

US MEDIA CONTACT:
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF
+1 323 308 1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy & Communications, AHF
+1 323.308.1829
denys.nazarov@aidshealth.org

Contacts

US MEDIA CONTACT:
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF
+1 323 308 1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy & Communications, AHF
+1 323.308.1829
denys.nazarov@aidshealth.org