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WTO Meeting Host Kenya Opens Talks With Call To Decrease Poverty, Diversify Economies

Agence France-Presse: Global trade talks open with call to fight poverty “Global trade talks opened Tuesday with host Kenya highlighting their role in combating poverty, and urging African nations to diversify their economies. War-torn Afghanistan and Ebola-ravaged Liberia are set to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it holds…

Blog Post Examines TPP’s Potential Impact On Global Health, Pact’s Approval Process

Center for Global Health Technologies’ “Breakthroughs”: TPP: What does it mean for global health and what’s next? Courtney Carson, GHTC’s senior policy and advocacy associate, writes, “Below I break down [intellectual property (IP)] protections in [the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)], describe their potential impact on health technologies, and discuss how these…

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…

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