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Access To Lifesaving Generic Medicines Threatened By U.S. Trade Pact

“Access to affordable lifesaving medicines will be threatened where they are needed most — in parts of the developing world — if the U.S. insists on implementing restrictive intellectual property policies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement,” states a press release from Doctors Without Borders. According to the release, “a leaked draft of the U.S. position indicates that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is demanding aggressive intellectual property provisions that go beyond what international trade law requires” and that these measures would “delay the introduction of more affordable generic drugs” (9/8).

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