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WTO Reaches Global Trade Deal After Indian Objections Over Food Subsidy Rules

“Delegates to the World Trade Organization [WTO] meeting in Bali, Indonesia, have approved a global trade deal for the first time since the organization was founded in 1995,” VOA News reports. “The deal still must be approved by all 159 member governments,” the news service notes, adding, “Analysts estimate that…

Ministers Fail To Reach Agreement On TPP; Set To Meet Again In January

“Ministers in Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday they had made ‘substantial progress’ during a four-day meeting in Singapore but have not reached a final agreement and will meet again next month,” Reuters reports (12/10). “The 12 ministers working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership said they had found potential ‘landing zones’…

Tobacco Companies Using Legal Strategies To Block Regulation In Developing Countries

“Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation,” the New York Times reports. The strategy “has gained momentum in recent years as smoking rates in rich countries have fallen and tobacco companies have sought to maintain…

Health Advocates Working To Lower Cost Of HCV Medicines In LMICs, Reuters Reports

“A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries — this time for treating hepatitis C [HCV] — more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports. “Modern pills being launched in western markets could cure the…

Multilateral Banks Could Support LMICs’ Anti-Tobacco Policies

Noting a recent report in the New York Times about “Big Tobacco’s use of international trade and investment agreements to undermine anti-tobacco policies in low- and middle-income countries [LMICs],” Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Bill Savedoff, a…

Shift Donor Funding, Encourage Trade To Improve African Food Security

SciDev.Net: African agriculture needs trade not aid David Bennett, a senior member of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, U.K. and co-leader of the Biosciences for Farming in Africa program “…[F]or any solution to food security to be truly sustainable, people have to move from depending on aid to depending on trade.…

South Africa, Drug Companies Spar Over Intellectual Property Laws

Reuters: South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row “South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a ‘satanic’ plot to commit ‘genocide.’ … South Africa is in…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Examines Proposal Against South Africa’s Draft IP Policy

The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog “Science Speaks” reports on a proposal prepared by U.S.-based PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) and the South Africa-based IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) in response to the South African government’s Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The “proposal says…