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TPP Likely Will Impact Several SDGs, Devex Reports

Devex: Why Obama’s legacy trade agreement matters for development “…For stakeholders in the development industry, fresh off their own pivotal week in New York, the long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership will have substantive impact on several of the Sustainable Development Goals that government, civil society, and business leaders recently agreed to achieve…

TPP Could Block Access To Some Medications In 4 Countries, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: In these four countries, the TPP’s rules on generic drugs could kill people “For its backers, including the White House, the world’s largest ever trade deal is a no-brainer. … But in four of them — Peru, Mexico, Malaysia, and Vietnam — the TPP may have a particular dark…

Disagreement Over TPP’s Pharmaceutical Provision Could Derail Agreement, The Hill Reports

The Hill: Pharma flap imperils president’s trade deal “…The exact details of the pharmaceutical provision [contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership], which involves a class of drugs called biologics, won’t be made public until later this month. Still, it’s already threatening to drag out — and possibly derail — the approval…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines Reaction To Leaked TPP Pharmaceutical Chapter, Daraprim Price Increase

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: “A sweetheart deal” “deplorable” “immoral and unacceptable” “Massive victory for big pharma” … We’re reading about TPP’s pharma rules, and an update on a 5000-percent price hike Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses a leaked version of the Trans-Pacific…

VOA News Examines WTO Talks On Drug Patent Exemptions

VOA News: Uganda Calls for Continued Drug Patent Exemption “Talks resumed this week at the World Trade Organization in Geneva on the question of renewing the pharmaceutical patent trade exemption for the world’s least developed countries. Representing those countries at the talks is Uganda alongside Nepal and Bangladesh. At issue…

Preventing Drug Resistance Requires More Focus On Quality Medicines

American Enterprise Institute’s “AEIdeas”: More substandard medicines drive faster resistance Roger Bate, an author and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses how substandard-quality medicines contribute to drug resistance, using tuberculosis as an example. He writes, “If we’re going to win the global fight against TB, we need better…

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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