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Drugs row threatens health sector budget
Ahead of a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Merkel this week, European manufacturers had already protested India’s patents policy, arguing that it doesn’t protect sensitive technology.
Public services under attack through TTIP and CETA
EU trade deals with Canada and the US could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water and health, as negotiators are doing the work of some of the EU’s most powerful corporate lobby groups in pushing an aggressive market opening agenda in the public sector.
Preliminary comments on the completed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) intellectual property chapter
The TPP’s intellectual property chapter represents nothing less than a disaster for global health. Many harmful provisions still remain in the final chapter, bearing out the concerns of public health advocates.
Doctors without borders blasts TPP’s impact on life-saving drugs
The TPP could give pharmaceutical corporations more power to control medicine markets and “impose higher prices for longer.”
No to FTAs!
TPP, like other Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), is fashioned by industrial countries and their transnational corporations to further intensify the concentration of resources, wealth, and power into their hands leaving developing countries.
TPP deal includes tobacco carveout, teeing up fight with congress
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have agreed on language that will allow members to exclude tobacco control measures from the scope of investor-state dispute settlement.
US pushes anti-tobacco compromise in Pacific trade deal
Governments will be allowed to block tobacco companies from suing over anti-smoking measures under a US proposal being considered by Pacific trading partners as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Health and trade: What hope for SDG 3
Emma Woodford from the Health and Trade Network examines SDG3 on health and well-being and questions if its targets are achievable given the damaging nature of legally binding trade agreements being simultaneously negotiated by SDG signatories.
Cancer patient disrupts TPP negotiations
Arrested from hotel demanding to see the secret "death sentence clause"
Intellectual property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the barriers for the access to affordable medicines
Most free trade agreements signed by the United States, the European Union and the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) contain chapters on intellectual property rights that expand the rights recognized to pharmaceutical companies.
At Obama-Modi meeting in New York, MSF urges India to protect affordable medicines for millions
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that US pressure for India to change its intellectual property policies could result in millions of people around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines.
All 56 SNP MPs sign motion expressing major concerns about TTIP
Campaigners against the big-business deal TTIP have welcomed the signing of a Commons motion raising major concerns about it by all 56 SNP MPs.
TTIP poised to gut US states’ ability to protect on toxic chemicals
EU proposals for EU-US trade deal threaten democratic process for protecting people and the environment
DHB backs off on TPP letter
The Whanganui District Health Board has acknowledged a letter sent to Dr Chris Cresswell expressing concerns over his views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership was "inappropriate", the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.
TPP protest arrest ’could cost doctor his job’
A doctor who jumped on a car carrying the deputy prime minister during a TPP protest and had to be forcibly removed could lose his job.
Senior hospital doctor silenced on TPPA
Whanganui DHB tries to stop senior hospital doctor talking about the TPPA
UN expert says ’no’ to free trade deals ignoring Human Rights treaty obligation
United Nations Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas Thursday urged the UN system and Governments across the world to radically reform the international investment regime
Free trade treaties and the health system
While mass media are almost entirely absorbed with cases of corruption, trade and investment agreements slip by, almost unnoticed. TTIP, CETA and TiSA are being negotiated throughout the world, in complete opacity and in the absence of democratic checks.
Losing access to generic drugs may be a bitter pill to swallow
The pharmaceutical industry, with worldwide sales of more than US$980 billion in 2013, stood to be one of the biggest winners under TPP. The developing countries would lose out. The United States and Canada looked set to win big.
Warning: TTIP could be hazardous to your health
In the case of TTIP, the Faculty of Public Health has identified numerous risks to public health and potential conflicts with the policies called for in its recent manifesto.