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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…

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…

Some Experts Concerned TPP Could Harm Global Public Health

ScienceInsider: Trade agreement praised and panned “…[Some e]xperts say that some aspects of the [Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)] — signed by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries representing two-fifths of the global economy — could harm public health. A major concern is intellectual property (IP) rights for…

TPP’s Pharmaceutical Provisions Likely To Draw Criticism From Industry, Aid Agencies

The Hill: Trade deal would limit protections for pharma firms “Trade officials from 12 countries agreed Monday to shrink the length of time that pharmaceutical companies can receive monopoly rights for certain drugs, a provision that is already threatening to incite a Big Pharma rebellion on Capitol Hill. Brand-name companies…

Negotiators Reach Deal On TPP; Congress To Analyze, Debate Pact

New York Times: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached “The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from…

Presidential Candidate Sanders Urges USTR To Support Poor Nations’ Effort To Increase Access To Medicine Under WTO Rules

Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders Calls Out Obama Team On Global Drug Prices “Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday urged the Obama administration to reverse its opposition to a proposal aimed at preventing drug price increases in the world’s poorest countries. … ‘USTR has received Senator Sanders’s letter regarding the…

Australia Should Accept U.S. Call For Longer Data Exclusivity On Medicines In TPP

The Hill: Australia should stop stalling negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Eric V. Schlecht, writer focused on budget and economic issues in Washington, D.C. “…The [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] needs to include robust protections for advanced medicines — or we risk derailing investment in future life-saving medical discoveries. … [R]egulators have…

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