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Five reasons why TPP countries should unite to oppose the US pharmaceutical IP agenda
Failure to reach agreement over expanded intellectual property (IP) protections for medicines has proven to be a stumbling block to completion of the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Why South Africa’s health minister is so worried about India caving in to big pharma
A big supplier of cheap lifesaving drugs to developing nations, India admirably balances public health needs with private profits and innovation. But it is under pressure to change this model.
TTIP protest takes to the streets
Healthcare protesters People’s NHS Wales lined several streets in Haverfordwest with placards in their latest bid to highlight concerns over what the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could mean for our health service.
Case study: Toxic fuel additive
Ethyl v. Canada
Case study: Medicine patents
Eli Lilly v. Canada
European Parliament says REACH must not be included in TTIP
Chemical Watch reports that the European Parliament has asked the European Commission not to negotiate on issues related to REACH and its implementation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US.
NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPA
The New Zealand Medical Association is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on the country’s health system.
WHO warns govt about risks of FTAs
Experts say the government should carefully consider before signing free-trade agreements (FTA) - as people could be hurt by deals that prolong drug patents and restrict information about medicine.
Cut NHS from trade deal say doctors
Doctors attending the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual representative meeting in Liverpool have voted overwhelmingly to urge the Government to remove health and social care services from a controversial trade agreement between the EU and US
Trade deal widens health care gap
NZ is heading towards a two-tier health system, and it could get a whole lot worse, writes George Laking.
TPP - healthcare annex of draft transparency chapter (Dec 2014)
as leaked by Wikileaks on 10 June 2015
EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal
EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.
A major AIDS research groups says the TPP will make it harder to fight AIDS
A new report from the prominent AIDS research group amfAR says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hamper the global fight against AIDS (and other diseases) in a way that would ultimately cost lives.
MEPs want health excluded from TTIP talks
MEPs want to exclude public health services, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the use of hormones in the bovine sector, chemical legislation REACH and its implementation, and cloning from the talks.
The Transpacific Partnership will impact sovereign control over health policies
A text that Peru and 11 other countries (including the US) are negotiating in secret, seeks to expand drug patents for more than 20 years thus generating millions of overheads for our health system and making it even more difficult to obtain biological medicines against cancer.
TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs
A major free trade deal should not allow US companies to sue European nations when they pass environmental laws that hurt their profits, MPs in the UK said on Tuesday.
Tobacco: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.
Call for transparency in new generation trade deals
"As health practitioners in seven of the involved Pacific-Rim countries, we call on our governments to publicly release the full draft TPPA text, and to secure independent and comprehensive assessments of the health and human rights consequences of the proposed agreement for each nation," write 27 professionals in The Lancet.
Protect our climate and health, not multinational profits
This week’s edition of world-leading medical journal The Lancet includes a call by 27 health experts from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, the USA, and Vietnam for the TPPA to be made public so its overall health impacts can be assessed.
TISA: Leaked document uncovers secret discussions that undermine access to health care
A secret discussion note for the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – leaked today by Associated Whistle-Blowing Press- uncovers that negotiators discuss reforms to the national health care systems in favour of international trade and the commercialisation of health care.