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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…

Shift Donor Funding, Encourage Trade To Improve African Food Security

SciDev.Net: African agriculture needs trade not aid David Bennett, a senior member of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, U.K. and co-leader of the Biosciences for Farming in Africa program “…[F]or any solution to food security to be truly sustainable, people have to move from depending on aid to depending on trade.…

South Africa, Drug Companies Spar Over Intellectual Property Laws

Reuters: South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row “South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a ‘satanic’ plot to commit ‘genocide.’ … South Africa is in…

In Discussion Of MERS-CoV At WHA, WHO DG Says Patents Will Not Hinder Public Health

“Dutch scientists who took out a patent on the novel coronavirus that’s killed 22 people since emerging in Saudi Arabia last year defended the move after the Saudi Health Ministry said the patent was hindering the fight against the outbreak,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The virus now known as Middle East…

Obama Administration Backs Away From Anti-Tobacco Efforts Under TPP Proposal, The Hill Reports

“The Obama administration is backing away from plans to protect U.S. tobacco-control measures from legal challenges under a pending Pacific trade deal, earning the wrath of public health groups,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. “The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last year suggested creating a ‘safe harbor’…

U.S. Trade Officials Should Side With Public Health In Trade Negotiations

“Give thanks to Malaysia for heading off, at least temporarily, an American effort to weaken the ability of countries to impose stiff rules on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within their own borders,” a New York Times editorial states, noting, “The Malaysian proposal to preserve that ability…

IPS Examines Debate Surrounding TPP Trade Agreement Tobacco Regulation Proposals

“Between concluding rounds of negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major U.S.-proposed free trade agreement, a divisive fight has heated up over the extent to which countries should be allowed to regulate the sale of foreign — potentially far cheaper — tobacco products,” Inter Press Service reports. “In dueling…