[Ip-health] WHO Director-General addresses Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Oct 21 08:23:23 PDT 2015


http://who.int/dg/speeches/2015/inter-parliamentary-union/en/

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Watch the costs of medicines. Watch trade agreements that make it harder
for lower-priced generic medicines of good quality to enter the market.
When the price of a new drug costs US$ 1000 a pill, challenge the
manufacturer to reveal the actual production costs.

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Get your governments to raise taxes on tobacco products. Doing so is
unquestionably the most effective demand-reduction strategy set out in the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Remarkably, it is also the
least used, largely because of interference from the tobacco industry.



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