[Ip-health] WikiLeaks publishes final TPP IP chapter -- Contentious biologics clause revealed

Peter Maybarduk pmaybarduk at citizen.org
Fri Oct 9 07:34:48 PDT 2015


WikiLeaks Publication of Complete, Final TPP Intellectual Property Text Confirms Pact Would Raise Costs, Put Medicines Out of Reach

Final Deal Rolls Back Bush-Era “May 2007” Access to Medicine Protections

Oct. 9, 2015

Contact: Peter Maybarduk, pmaybarduk at citizen.org<mailto:pmaybarduk at citizen.org>, +1 (202) 588-7755
Burcu Kilic, bkilic at citizen.org<mailto:bkilic at citizen.org>, +1 (202) 588-7792
David Rosen, drosen at citizen.org<mailto:drosen at citizen.org>, +1 (202) 588-7742

WASHINGTON, D.C. – WikiLeaks’ publication<http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwikileaks.org%2Ftpp-ip3> today of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter text verifies that the pact would harm public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines, Public Citizen said today. The latest leak<http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=2&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwikileaks.org%2Ftpp-ip3> of a secret TPP text reveals how the TPP would roll back the “May 10 Agreement” reforms brokered in 2007 between Democratic congressional leaders and the George W. Bush administration. It also reveals the contentious “death sentence” clause on biologics, or biotech drugs, which roiled TPP talks in Maui and Atlanta.

“If the TPP is ratified, people in Pacific Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines program. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.”

The leak comes the morning after a White House meeting with pharmaceutical executives who are dissatisfied that the deal did not provide them even greater monopoly rights.

“The monopolist pharmaceutical industry has won a lot with the TPP, at the expense of people’s health,” said Burcu Kilic, policy director for Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines program. “They should stop crying crocodile tears.”

WikiLeaks published the complete TPP Intellectual Property Chapter, dated Monday, October 5, 2015 – the date that the 12 Pacific Rim nations announced a final TPP deal. The leaked text does not contain negotiating country brackets, indicating rules are no longer subject to debate, but rather are the final version subject only to a legal “scrub.”

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