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TPP Might Not Have Enough Votes To Pass Congress, The Hill Reports

The Hill: Obama’s trade deal is in trouble “…The reactions [to the recently released full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] — from lukewarm support to outright hostility — have led many to believe the deal doesn’t have the votes to pass Congress. … Brand-name pharmaceutical companies are disappointed with…

Rise Of Antimicrobial Resistance Spurred By Substandard Medicines, AEI Scholar Warns

American Enterprise Institute: A ‘perfect storm’ for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria Roger Bate, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author, discusses “new global substandard medicines — caused by inferior ingredients or inadequate production techniques — that are driving a new wave of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). ……

Patent Protection Requirements For Medicines Must Consider Public Health Dimension

Inter Press Service: Opinion: The Grant of Patents and the Exorbitant Cost of “Lifesaving” Drugs Germán Velásquez, special adviser for health and development at the South Centre “…[T]he number of patents obtained annually to protect truly new pharmaceutical products is very low and falling. … The major problems can be…

TPP Needs ‘Thorough Human Rights Assessment’ To Ensure No Threat To Achieving SDGs

The Conversation: The Trans-Pacific Partnership poses a grave threat to sustainable development Matthew Rimmer, professor of intellectual property and innovation law at the Queensland University of Technology “…Several chapters of the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] impinge upon the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], potentially undermining the U.N.’s efforts to promote sustainable development…

Blog Post Explores ‘Tobacco Carve-Out’ In TPP, Public Health Implications

Health Affairs Blog: Trade, Health, And Tobacco Exceptionalism: The TPP Tobacco Carve-Out Wendy E. Parmet, an associate dean and professor at Northeastern University School of Law and director of the school’s Program on Health Policy and Law, discusses “the so-called tobacco carve-out” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and its…

China, South Korea’s Insistence On Tariffs For Medical Device Industries Could Prevent Global Access To Life-Saving Technologies

Wall Street Journal: How Lower Tariffs Can Save Lives Nilanjan Banik, professor of economics at Mahindra Ecole Centrale and fellow at CUTS International, and Philip Stevens, director of the Geneva Network “…Negotiators are meeting in Geneva this week to bring lifesaving medical devices into [the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information…

VOA News Examines WTO Talks On Drug Patent Exemptions

VOA News: Uganda Calls for Continued Drug Patent Exemption “Talks resumed this week at the World Trade Organization in Geneva on the question of renewing the pharmaceutical patent trade exemption for the world’s least developed countries. Representing those countries at the talks is Uganda alongside Nepal and Bangladesh. At issue…

Preventing Drug Resistance Requires More Focus On Quality Medicines

American Enterprise Institute’s “AEIdeas”: More substandard medicines drive faster resistance Roger Bate, an author and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses how substandard-quality medicines contribute to drug resistance, using tuberculosis as an example. He writes, “If we’re going to win the global fight against TB, we need better…