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TPP Trade Agreement Could Damage Global Health

Writing in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, Margaret Flowers, a board member of Healthcare-Now, co-director of It’s Our Economy and co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio Show, says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, currently being “secretly negotiated” among the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations “is a major power…

Health Groups Urge U.S. Trade Representative To Ensure TPP Upholds Tobacco Control Efforts

“Health advocates are urging President Obama’s new trade representative to make sure a pending trade deal with Pacific rim nations can’t be used to gut U.S. tobacco control efforts,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the…

UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Addresses AIDS Response, Global Health Issues

“Strategic challenges for the future of the AIDS response and global health were discussed at the first meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: From AIDS to Sustainable Health, which was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, from June 28-29, 2013,” a UNAIDS press release reports. “Three main issues were debated during…

International Organization Leaders Discuss Medical Innovation At Symposium

“The leaders of three top international organizations in Geneva last week discussed synergies in public health and called for increased collaboration and creativity to [improve] medical innovation,” Intellectual Property Watch reports. “The directors general of the WHO, World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization addressed the [July 5] opening…

Presidential Candidate Sanders Urges USTR To Support Poor Nations’ Effort To Increase Access To Medicine Under WTO Rules

Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders Calls Out Obama Team On Global Drug Prices “Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday urged the Obama administration to reverse its opposition to a proposal aimed at preventing drug price increases in the world’s poorest countries. … ‘USTR has received Senator Sanders’s letter regarding the…

Negotiators Reach Deal On TPP; Congress To Analyze, Debate Pact

New York Times: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached “The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from…

TPP’s Pharmaceutical Provisions Likely To Draw Criticism From Industry, Aid Agencies

The Hill: Trade deal would limit protections for pharma firms “Trade officials from 12 countries agreed Monday to shrink the length of time that pharmaceutical companies can receive monopoly rights for certain drugs, a provision that is already threatening to incite a Big Pharma rebellion on Capitol Hill. Brand-name companies…

Some Experts Concerned TPP Could Harm Global Public Health

ScienceInsider: Trade agreement praised and panned “…[Some e]xperts say that some aspects of the [Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)] — signed by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries representing two-fifths of the global economy — could harm public health. A major concern is intellectual property (IP) rights for…

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