Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Could Block Patient Access to Affordable Generic Medicines

Malaysia 2013 © P.K. Lee/MSF Malaysian activists launch a demonstration against the TPP during the International AIDS Society conference. KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, JULY 15, 2013—As negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement move to Malaysia this week, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges negotiating countries to remove terms that could block people from accessing affordable medicines, choke off production of generic medicines, and constrain the ability of governments to pass laws in the interest of public health. "Just prior to hosting an international AIDS conference two weeks ago, the Malaysian government made an important pledge to reject harmful provisions in the TPP trade deal that will increase medicine prices for Malaysians, who already pay some of the highest prices for HIV drugs among developing countries," said Judit Rius, US manager of MSF’s Access Campaign. "We need all negotiating countries, including the United States, to not only make the same strong public pledge to protect public health, but also to ensure that the technical details of the deal truly fulfil their principled commitments to global public health." With negotiators under pressure to finalize a deal, time is running out to fix the flawed TPP agreement, which currently contains a number of United States proposals that will extend monopoly protection on high-priced pharmaceuticals and delay the ent...
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Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
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Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
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Source: African Journal of AIDS Research - Category: African Health Tags: Afr J AIDS Res Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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