• 24-Jul-2006 DR-CAFTA Tratado de Libre Comercio de las Américas
    Organismos sociales centroamericanos y CAFTA

    Representantes de un conjunto de nueve organizaciones de derechos humanos de Centroamérica exponen ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos -CIDH- el presente informe preliminar sobre el impacto en el goce y protección de los derechos de la mayoría de la población centroamericana en el texto y consecuencias del Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Estados Unidos, Centroamérica y República Dominicana -RD-CAFTA- vigente en Honduras, El Salvador y Nicaragua desde marzo 2006, entrado en vigor en Guatemala desde julio del mismo año y pendiente de ratificación en Costa Rica.

  • 20-Jul-2006
    US government pushed Korea to drop new drug policy

    In May, the Korean government announced to reform its drug pricing policy of the national healthcare system by adopting measures to positively list reimbursable prescription drugs rather than the current “negative list”, which only lists the exclusions. During the second round of the KORUS FTA, the US negotiators expressed its strong opposition to the positive list system and refused to attend the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Working Group meeting.

  • 18-Jul-2006
    NGOs joint statement against KORUS FTA

    We say NO to FTA, which threatens people’s health right.

  • 17-Jul-2006 The Edge Daily
    Local drug makers may lose out under US FTA

    Malaysia’s generic drug manufacturers might find it more difficult to conduct business if the US’ negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) are influenced by the strong US pharmaceutical lobby there.

  • 14-Jul-2006 Hankyoreh
    US boycotts discussions on medicines in FTA talks with S Korea

    Negotiators from the United States have boycotted discussions on medicines in free trade talks with South Korea, in an apparent protest against Seoul’s new drug-pricing move, Seoul’s chief negotiator to the talks said Thursday.

  • 14-Jul-2006 Hankyoreh
    Agreement scarce, dispute persists in SK-US free trade talks

    South Korea and the US have agreed to establish a standing committee on sanitary standards for agricultural and food products, which will make it easier for the US to ask for expanded trade of genetically modified crops. However, negotiations on pharmaceuticals have hit a snag, with neither side willing to budge.

  • 11-Jul-2006 Prensa Latina
    R. Dominicana: comercio con EE.UU puede tener nuevas trabas

    Santo Domingo, 11 jul (PL) El posible surgimiento de nuevas trabas para la puesta en marcha del llamado Acuerdo de Libre Comercio con Estados Unidos fue advertido hoy por la Secretaría de Estado de Industria y Comercio

  • 10-Jul-2006 Diario Extra
    Costa Rica: según informe de Servicios Técnicos el Congreso debe consultar TLC a indígenas

    Los diputados se encuentran en la obligación de consultar el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) a las comunidades indígenas del país, al menos así lo determinó un informe del Departamento de Servicios Técnicos del Congreso

  • 3-Jul-2006
    Accuse U.S. of violations regarding Free Trade

    The president of the Latin American Pharmaceutical Industries, Hochi Vega, accused Washington today of violating prior agreements instrumented for implementing the DR-CAFTA free trade accord.

  • 29-Jun-2006
    USA pressing hard for US-Thai FTA

    It is believed that the US was behind the unexpected transfer of William Aldis, who published an article in the Bangkok Post on Jan 9, urging Thailand to think carefully before signing the Free Trade Agreement with the US, because restrictive intellectual property rights under the bilateral trade agreement would prevent Thailand from using affordable locally produced generic drugs. He said anti-viral HIV drugs would be extremely expensive after the FTA went into force. Local manufacturers are of the same view.

  • 21-Jun-2006
    As US-Korea trade talks begin, Sughrue Mion helps Korean pharmaceutical companies enter US markets

    Sughrue Mion PLLC, a leading global intellectual property law firm, announced today that the firm continues to see a strong interest from Korean pharmaceutical companies in understanding the US patent system. As talks kicked-off last week in what is expected to be a fast-tracked bilateral trade agreement between the US and the Republic of Korea, protection of intellectual property and the ability to compete effectively in the US market are even more important.

  • 21-Jun-2006
    Health officials vow to continue close collaboration with WHO

    Public health officials working closely with the World Health Organisation yesterday vowed to continue their strong collaboration with the WHO despite widespread reports of possible interference by Washington in the international body’s administrative affairs. The US government was allegedly behind the abrupt removal of William Aldis, the WHO representative to Thailand, after he wrote of possible adverse impacts Thailand could suffer if it went ahead and signed a free trade agreement with the US in its present state.

  • 21-Jun-2006 Bangkok Post
    US ’behind’ WHO official’s ouster

    Washington was behind the abrupt removal of a World Health Organisation representative to Thailand after he wrote of possible adverse impacts to Thailand of a free trade agreement with the US, a source said yesterday.

  • 17-Jun-2006 Asia Times
    World health: A lethal dose of US politics

    An Asia Times Online investigation reveals that at the time of his death, World Health Organization (WHO) director general Lee Jong-wook, a South Korean national, had closely aligned himself with the US government and by association US corporate interests, often to the detriment of the WHO’s most vital commitments and positions.

  • 17-Jun-2006 TLC Así No
    Tratado de libre comercio Perú-EEUU: Un balance crítico

    En el presente trabajo, se discuten los textos finales de lo aprobado por el Ejecutivo, publicados por el MINCETUR (por lo que no toma en cuenta posibles modificaciones de última hora, como ya se ha producido en Colombia), haciendo un contraste con nuevas estimaciones de lo que dichos compromisos podrían significar para el país.

  • 14-Jun-2006 Oxfam
    Song of the sirens: Why the US-Andean FTAs undermine sustainable development and regional integration

    US free trade agreements with Peru and Colombia, as well as the possible agreement with Ecuador, were negotiated under the promise of great opportunities in the world’s richest market, but the truth is that these agreements will have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of small farmers, public health, and the regulation of investment to protect the public interest.

  • 13-Jun-2006 TWN
    Malaysians protest against free trade talks with US

    As Malaysia and the United States began their first round of talks on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), they were confronted by a group of Malaysian protesters concerned that the agreement will cause the country more harm than good.

  • 10-Jun-2006 3D
    UN committee strongly urges Morocco to evaluate impact of the US-Morocco FTA

    Morocco came under review last month by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. During this process, the UN Committee raised concerns about the effects of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on access to affordable medicines and the enjoyment of the right to health in the country.

  • 6-Jun-2006 Hankyoreh
    Ministry fears effects of FTA on healthcare system

    South Korean consumers will pay more for pharmaceuticals if US demands on a free trade agreement between the two countries are met, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

  • 1-Jun-2006 TWN
    South American Ministers vow to avoid TRIPS-plus measures

    The Ministers of Health of ten South American countries issued a joint declaration on intellectual property committing themselves to avoid "TRIPS plus" provisions in bilateral and regional trade agreements, to facilitate the use of compulsory licensing and parallel importing and to avoid broadening the scope of patentability and the extension of patentable areas.

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