In the negotiations with the European Union (EU), in terms of copyrighted material, they talked about test data (information to produce generics), said the Minister of Foreign Trade Francisco Rivadeneira. The authority stressed that Ecuador accepted the proposal of Europeans in what refers to test data, 5 years for drugs and 10 for agrochemicals. Deadlines that will take effect in 7 years.
“In intellectual property we consider that in no way it has been affected with the current negotiating the sovereignty of Ecuador … Furthermore, in general, the only intellectual property that is set or has been considered as commitment is what has been agreed within the scope of our commitments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and particularly the Convention on Intellectual Property and Trade”, said Rivadeneira.
Renato Carló, President of the Ecuadorian Association of Pharmaceutical Laboratories (ALFE for its Spanish acronym) noted that they “have no choice but to accept the negotiation”.
“I agree that there must be an openness to trade, but for the same there should be an order within the country to improve the stage for those who make National industry”, he said.
Carló said that the pharmaceutical industry supplies 20% of the national market, which represents about $ 320 million a year. However, he said, drug imports totaled $ 1,280 million. The country sold $ 1,600 million in total.