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Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement In Current Form Would Negatively Impact Global Health

Health Affairs Blog: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health? Deane Marchbein, president of the Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors, writes, “Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … [is] deeply concerned that the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)], in its current form, will lock-in high, unsustainable drug prices, block…

Humanitarian Organizations Disagree Over ‘Fast Track’ For Trans-Pacific Partnership

Humanosphere: Humanitarians split on Obama’s trade agenda: Trans-Pacific Partnership Humanosphere founder and lead journalist Tom Paulson writes, “Leading humanitarian organizations like the ONE Campaign and Oxfam appear to strongly disagree on whether to support the Obama Administration’s push to ‘fast-track’ [the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement] — and if its impact…

Strong Patent Protections Under TPP Would Allow Increased Drug Access In LMICs

Forbes: Intellectual Property Rights For Global Health John R. Graham, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Independent Institute “…Unfortunately, attacking patents is a misguided way to improve access to medicines in low- and middle-income [countries]. Although it is a counter-intuitive conclusion, strong patent rights are…

In Current Form, TPP Could Fundamentally Harm U.S. Global Health Initiatives, Patients

The Hill: Don’t forget consumers and patients in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s chief advocacy and engagement officer, and Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), USA “…Today, AARP and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) express our deep concerns about the TPP’s impact on…

Critics Question Effectiveness Of Medicines Patent Pool In Improving Access To Drugs

SciDev.Net: Merck’s HIV patent agreement ignites monopoly criticism “Pharma giant Merck has become the latest drug company to share intellectual property rights with a U.N.-backed patent pool for HIV medicines, but critics have told SciDev.Net it is ‘a false solution to a real problem’…” (Kennedy, 3/16).

U.S. Trade Policies Threaten To Undermine Successful Global Health Programs

The Hill: U.S. trade policy could raise drug prices, at home and abroad Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines program “…[With the creation of PEPFAR, t]he United States put public health needs ahead of pharmaceutical industry profits and made a transformative…

Passage Of ‘Innovation Act’ By Congress Would Harm Drug Development

Roll Call: The Wrong Direction on Patents Todd E. Gillenwater, senior vice president of Public Policy at the California Healthcare Institute “…Poorly conceived and hastily written legislation can stunt innovation, harm the economy, and even cost lives. Unfortunately, this is the case with the recently reintroduced Innovation Act (H.R. 9).…

Pharmaceutical Industry To Push For Stricter Compulsory Licensing Of Patented Drugs At U.S. Trade Representative Meeting

Wall Street Journal: Pharma Narrowly Defines When Compulsory Licenses Should be Used “As the U.S. Trade Representative holds a hearing [Tuesday] to discuss how countries protect intellectual property, the pharmaceutical industry hopes to persuade the agency that countries should only be allowed to grant licenses to companies to make low-cost…

Food Security, Nutrition Should Be Treated As Human Right In SDGs

The Guardian: Why are there still so many hungry people in the world? Hilal Elver, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food “…The new [Sustainable Development Goals] should not be allowed to operate as easily ignored principles, but need to be given teeth. We can eradicate poverty, maintain food…