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Ministers Fail To Reach Agreement On TPP; Set To Meet Again In January

“Ministers in Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday they had made ‘substantial progress’ during a four-day meeting in Singapore but have not reached a final agreement and will meet again next month,” Reuters reports (12/10). “The 12 ministers working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership said they had found potential ‘landing zones’…

Tobacco Companies Using Legal Strategies To Block Regulation In Developing Countries

“Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation,” the New York Times reports. The strategy “has gained momentum in recent years as smoking rates in rich countries have fallen and tobacco companies have sought to maintain…

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…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Examines Proposal Against South Africa’s Draft IP Policy

The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog “Science Speaks” reports on a proposal prepared by U.S.-based PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) and the South Africa-based IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) in response to the South African government’s Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The “proposal says…

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

Lawmakers ‘Falling Short’ In Improving Access To Medicines Worldwide

“In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama nominally reaffirmed his commitment to universal health care, citing the success of the Affordable Care Act. Despite his dedication to free and fair medical services for Americans, he failed to comment on the essential life-saving global medicine funding programs…

Blog Highlights Debate Around South Africa’s Delayed Patent Reforms

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses details on “Pharmagate,” a plan with the aim “to derail proposed patent reforms in South Africa, [however,] those involved indicated that the plan, dubbed ‘genocidal’ by South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, was the product of a misunderstanding…” (Barton, 2/11).

Australia Stands With S. Africa In Defense Of TRIPS Flexibilities

Huffington Post: Unlikely Allies Sandeep Kishore, chair of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and Kavitha Kolappa, a psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General/McLean Program “The recent Executive Board proceedings of the World Health Organization (January 20-25, 2014) provided new ground for unlikely allies South Africa and…