One of the most difficult problems faced by public health agencies worldwide is maintaining protection for pharma companies, so they continue to develop new medicines while finding legal and practical ways to make drugs available to developing countries. At last week’s joint WHO/WIPO/WTO technical symposium on access to medicines, patent information and freedom to operate in Geneva, Dr Margaret Chan appealed to governments, patent attorneys, and pharmacutical companies to help populate global drugs databases to enable developing countries to get the medicines they need to combat the rise in costly diseases that plague their citizens.
On November 2, 2010, Johns Hopkins Medicine signed an agreement with Academic Medical Centre Sdn Bhd to develop a medical school in Malaysia. It will be the first private, four year medical school in Malaysia, and the first to use the western teaching model. Hopkins will be advising and partnering with Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine and the Perdana University Hospital in the joint venture.