STAT Reports On U.S. Push To Remove Trade Language From Draft U.N. Declaration On TB; Advocates Claim Move Will Harm Treatment Access

STAT: U.S. succeeds in removing language in global declaration on TB drugs, upsetting patient advocates
“As talks wrap up at the United Nations over ways to address a global tuberculosis epidemic, the U.S. has succeeded in removing language from a policy document that patient advocacy groups claim will make access and affordability more difficult for poorer countries. Specifically, the U.S. has pressed other nations to change language referring to a World Trade Organization agreement that allows countries to issue compulsory licenses as a way to create lower-cost alternatives to medicines, according to the latest version of the agreement reviewed by STAT…” (Silverman, 7/23).