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TPP Provisions Could Threaten Access To Affordable Medicines

PLOS Medicine: Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the U.S. and Elsewhere Brook K. Baker, professor at Northeastern University School of Law, discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) potential impact on access to affordable medicines if its provisions are ratified, writing, “[Intellectual…

The Lancet Examines Potential Public Health Implications Of TPP

The Lancet: TPP: trade-offs for health behind closed doors “…[T]he final language [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] has complex implications for domestic policies in the participant countries, including for public health. As legislators consider ratifying the agreement, close observers question how future negotiations could be made to yield a more…

CFR Expert Brief Discusses Tobacco Carve-Out In TPP

Council on Foreign Relations: TPP Tobacco Exception Proves the New Rule in Trade In this expert brief, Thomas J. Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, signed last week, and how the pact “is the first U.S. trade deal to exempt antismoking…

12 Nations Formally Sign TPP; Questions Remain Over U.S. Ratification

Financial Times: As Pacific trade deal is signed pharma holds key to U.S. ratification “U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to get a vast Pacific Rim trade deal through Congress this year is taking flak from the presidential campaign trail, where disdain for the pact appears to be one of the…

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…

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