[Ip-health] Vt Governor letter on TPP pharma

Outterson, Kevin mko at bu.edu
Mon Jun 6 12:55:24 PDT 2011

It is a good letter, and should result in the US asking for new exceptions for Medicare Part B and 340B in future trade agreements.

But TPP negotiators should publicly ask USTR why these exceptions are limited to the US.  We need transparent debate on this issue.

Kevin Outterson
Associate Professor
Editor in Chief, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
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On Jun 6, 2011, at 2:57 PM, Sean Flynn wrote:

> Below is a link to a  letter from Governor Shumlin in Vermont on the
> implications that the inclusion of disciplines on pharmaceutical pricing
> and reimbursement programs in the TPPA could have on states-especially
> on cost controls used by 340B, Medicare Part B and Medicaid.  Other TPPA
> member countries and their sub-national governments with pharmaceutical
> cost-control programs in place will no doubt share the concerns stated
> in Governor Shumlin's letter.
> http://www.forumdemocracy.net/downloads/Letter%20from%20VT%20Gov.%20Shum
> lin%20to%20President%20Obama%20-%20June%201,%202011.pdf
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