[Ip-health] Tell Members of Congress to Protect Access to Lifesaving Medicines

Judit Rius Judit.Rius at newyork.msf.org
Tue Apr 23 15:58:13 PDT 2013

Dear all, 
MSF USA has launched an action alert on the TPP.
Tell Members of Congress to Protect Access to Lifesaving Medicines
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) relies on 
affordable quality generic medicines to treat tuberculosis, malaria, 
HIV/AIDS, and many more infections for patients in developing countries.
But right now the U.S. government is advocating for trade terms with ten 
Pacific Rim nations that could restrict production of and access to 
generic medicines, making life-saving medicine unaffordable for millions.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are being conducted in 
secret, but leaked copies of some chapters show that the US proposals 
would roll back internationally-held public health safeguards and impose 
rules to keep medicine prices high and out of reach of millions in the 
Asia-Pacific region. Even more alarming is the fact that the TPP is being 
billed as a template for future trade agreements across the globe.
Too many people already suffer and die because the medicines they need are 
too expensive or do not exist. We cannot stand by as this proposed 
agreement threatens to restrict access even further.
Calling your members of Congress takes just a minute or two, and it’s one 
of the most effective ways to get their attention. Congress needs to know 
that if the USTR proposals for this agreement are included in the final 
deal, this will have a real cost in human lives – a cost that their 
constituents think is far too high.

Judit Rius Sanjuan
U.S. Manager of the Access Campaign
Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
333 Seventh Ave, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
Office: +1 212 655 3762 // Mobile: +1 917 331 9077
Email: judit.rius at newyork.msf.org 

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