[Ip-health] MSF Access Campaign comments on TPP IP negotiations - Lima round

Michelle French mfrench at psimon.com
Mon Oct 24 10:06:11 PDT 2011


Please find below comments from Judit Rius Sanjuan, US manager of the
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Campaign for
Access to Essential Medicine, regarding the latest round of
negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement currently
taking place in Lima, Peru:

“The leaked draft intellectual property proposals by the United States
for the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement have confirmed our fears
that the Obama administration is walking away from previous efforts to
ensure that developing countries can access affordable medicines,
setting a dangerous new standard that will likely be replicated in
future trade agreements with developing nations.

The administration is touting a so-called ‘access window’ as a
mechanism to boost access to medicines. In fact, the administration is
confusing access with affordability. The ‘access window’ is all about
getting brand-name drugs to market faster, giving brand-name producers
longer monopoly rights that prevent price-lowering competition, and
keeping medicines out of the hands of the millions of people who need
them.

Our doctors who work across the developing world rely on affordable
generic medicines to treat patients. For example, competition among
generic manufacturers is what brought down drug prices for HIV/AIDS by
99 percent, from US$10,000 per person per year to roughly $100 today.
Trade agreements of the type being pushed this week in Peru threaten
these types of crucial gains in access to life-saving medicines.”

Additional information:
MSF TPP press release:
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.com/press/release.cfm?id=5519&cat=press-release
MSF TPP issue brief:
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/2011/MSF-TPP-Issue-Brief.pdf
MSF TPP Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tido-von-schoenangerer/shooting-itself-in-the-fo_b_959847.html



Michelle French
Interim Press Officer
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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New York, NY 10001
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Fax: +1 212.679.7016
Email: michelle.french at newyork.msf.org
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